NLLN Continuing Education Scholarships

November 24, 2008

Are you thinking about a special continuing education event you’d like to attend?  Do you need some financial help?

Are you curious about the experience of others that have received scholarships?

NLLN Scholarship recipient reports for 2008-09 are posted on the NLLN website, along with the guidelines and application form.

Take a moment to look at the reports, review the guidelines, and then consider applying for an NLLN Scholarship the next time you need a little help to participate in a special continuing education event of your choice.

Any library staff member in an NLLN library may request up to $500 per year in scholarship funds. Each request is reviewed by the NLLN Scholarship Committee and notice of their decision is sent promptly. Don’t hesitate — more than 50 people received scholarships in 2007-2008 and their reports illustrate just how valuable, and how varied, these events were for the scholarship recipients.


Interested in The Big Read?

November 24, 2008

From the IMLS Newsletter:

Time to Apply for The Big Read
Application Deadline: February 3, 2009
IMLS, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announces the fifth deadline for The Big Read. The purpose of The Big Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $2,500 – $20,000 are available to encourage local communities to inspire reading by developing and carrying out programming revolving around a single work of literature. Programming must be conducted between September 2009 and June 2010. This will be the only application deadline in 2009.

Complete application and much more information is available at:

In our region, the Fergus Falls area has been successful grant winners for the past 3 years. Check out how that program has grown and flourished since first beginning with a Community Read in 2002.

Party on a Stick at MLA Conference

November 23, 2008

Michael and Nancy

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

“Party on a Stick” was well attended by conference goers at the recent MLA Conference in Bloomington. Here Michael Scott and Nancy Steele man the ice cream cart — a popular part of the party.

For more pictures from MLA, go to the NLLN flickr site on the side bar or at

Tim Spaulding of Library Thing

November 23, 2008

Tim Spaulding of Library Thing

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Tim was the opening key note speaker at the 2008 MLA Conference. He was sponsored by the MN multitype library system directors and was a very popular speaker. As the creator of “Library Thing” (which was one of the 23 Things on a Stick), Tim was able to speak not only of the creation/growth of LibraryThing, but also about the tremendous impact social networking, especially in the area of tagging and content creation, can have on library catalogs.