Tis the Season for Award and Grant Applications

I love fall for the same reasons most people do -- cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the chance to wear cute boots! Each fall, I also look forward to National Library Card Sign-up Month, the Illinois Library Association Conference, and the opportunity to expand and celebrate, through professional grants and awards, the services libraries and librarians provide to their communities. If you have a program idea that needs funding or you want to recognize someone for outstanding service to people with disabilities be sure to apply for one of the following grants or awards.

The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee is accepting applications for the ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant which was formed in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. Applications are due December 1, 2016, and the winner of the award will be announced at ALA's Midwinter Meeting.

The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is also accepting nominations for achievement and recognition awards. Depending on the terms of the award, recipients need not necessarily be members of ASCLA. Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by February 10, 2017. The awards will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 22-27, 2017.

ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award 
Awarded to a library organization that has provided services for people with disabilities. The award recognizes an innovative and well-organized project which successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities. The award can be for a specific service(s) program or for a library that has made their total services more accessible through changing physical and/or attitudinal barriers. $1,000 and a citation. Sponsored by Keystone Systems, Inc.

Francis Joseph Campbell Award
Awarded to a person or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped. This contribution may take the form of an imaginative and constructive program in a particular library; a recognized contribution to the national library program for blind persons; creative participation in library associations or organizations that advance reading for the blind; a significant publication or writing in the field; imaginative contribution to library administration, reference, circulation, selection, acquisitions, or technical services; or any activity of recognized importance. A medal and a citation.

ASCLA Exceptional Service Award
To recognize exceptional service to patients, to the home bound, to people of all ages who live in group homes or residences, and to inmates, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity, and significant research of experimental projects. A citation.

Good luck on your nominations!