Category Archives: ALA

2015 I Love My Librarian Award

ilml2015-320Nominations are open through September 28, 2015, for the I Love My Librarian Award. The award encourages library users — professors, administrators, students — to submit nominations about how their librarian makes a difference on campus or in the community.

Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library. Winners will be announced in December 2015.

Nominate your favorite College, Community College, or University librarian today!

The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.

ALA Sympa Email List Server Update

Editor’s Note: The following message is from Sherri Vanyek of ALA’s ITTS department regarding the association’s email lists. If you subscribe to any ALA or ACRL email lists through Sympa, please review and reset your passwords if needed.

I am writing to let you know that ALA’s Sympa list server has been successfully upgraded and service to the discussion lists has been restored. If you want to use the Sympa web interface to view the archives, you will need to reset your password at ( and All list owners who want to manage list rosters, settings, and view archives must perform a password reset to gain access again to the web interface.

Because this is a significantly newer version there will be differences in the web interface. Everything will be there but it will be in a different position on the screen.

Thank you for your patience while we made this necessary upgrade to help prevent future spam attacks.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Sherri Vanyek
Director, Information Technology & Telecommunication Services
American Library Association

ALA 2015 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries

Registration is now available for ALA’s 2015 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries, offered in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. This fee-based, three-day training is designed to help libraries lead change in their communities. Libraries around the country are using Harwood’s approach to hold community conversations, learn about residents’ wants and needs, and translate that knowledge into action. The training will be held October 14-16, 2015, in Detroit. Learn more about the program on the ALA website or register online by October 2.

ALA Sympa Email List Server

Editor’s Note: The following message is from Sherri Vanyek of ALA’s ITTS department regarding the association’s email lists. If you subscribe to any ALA or ACRL email lists through Sympa, please review.

I am writing to let you know that over the last couple of days we have determined that ALA‘s Sympa list server has been the object of a successful spam attack. What this means is that some individual subscribers have been blocked by our spam service. We do not have the information about who has been blocked but we know that some messages may be distributed to lists, some individuals will not receive them, and some individuals may be blocked from sending messages.

After examining options, a determination was made that the best solution was the installation of a newer version of the Sympa software. This installation, which is already underway, involves the testing and installation of a new operating system and working with our spam service to unblock individual users. At this point we are estimating that the installation should be completed by the end of the week and that the spam service should have individuals unblocked no later than early next week. Once the installation is completed and users unblocked, users will have access to all the lists and archives as before.

We will be sending you updated information as the installation progresses and is completed.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Sherri Vanyek
Director, Information Technology & Telecommunication Services
American Library Association

ALA Delegation to Finland

Editor’s note: The following message is from ALA President Courtney Young.

As the ALA President, I am honored to serve as the leader of the upcoming ALA Delegation to Finland. I invite you to join me and other ALA members to participate in this important international exchange in Helsinki, Finland in October 11-16, 2015.

As you know, Finland is noted for having some of the most innovative library communities in the world. It will be a great to learn and share experiences with our Finnish colleagues.  I believe you would contribute valued expertise to the team while gaining both personally and professionally from the experience.

In addition to visiting cutting edge libraries, we’ll have the opportunity to meet with leadership of the Finnish Library Association to discuss issues such as:

  • Sources of funding and government commitment to library development
  • The role of libraries as an educational resource
  • Use of technology at all levels
  • Education and training for librarians

Each delegate will be asked to complete a profile identifying their background and areas of interest, to ensure the final schedule of activities reflects the professional goals and specific topics of discussion of the enrolled delegates. The itinerary is available at

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,150. This cost includes: group ground transportation within Finland, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, entry fees for cultural visits, the service of a national guide, and most meals.  The program convenes on October 11, 2015 in Helsinki and ends on October 16, 2015.  In most cases, this means a departure from the U.S. on October 11th, with a return on the 16th.

Travel arrangements will be arranged through Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad.  The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The New York Times – Times Journeys and many top professional associations and universities.

A parallel program of unique cultural activities will be arranged for non-professionals and accompanying guests. If you are interested in bringing a guest to experience the rich culture of Finland, please contact Professionals Abroad for program specifics.

For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if the tax deduction is applicable to you.

As the team will be limited and due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web at  A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.  In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your participation.

If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677.

I am pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity and hope that you will strongly consider participating in the delegation to Finland.


Courtney Young

ALA President


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