February 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

January Deadline for 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Grants

alaUnderfunded libraries, schools, and any agency that provides educational services to children (this includes, but is not limited to schools, libraries, social service agencies, prisons or detention centers, churches or other religious organizations, and institutions of higher education) are invited to apply for one of the American Library Assocation’s (ALA) three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants administered by the ALA’s Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Round Table.

Applications accepted through January 31, 2015.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Three institutional recipients will be selected, and all three will receive copies of more than 60 titles by African American authors and illustrators submitted for consideration for the 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards, including a full set of the winning titles.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Why the collection is needed in their community
  • Why the collection is needed in their institution
  • How acquiring the collection will help them better serve the children and youth of their community
  • That the materials will be made freely available to children and youth without censorship

Winners will be announced by early March 2015. For criteria, guidelines, and detailed instructions on how to apply, visit http://www.ala.org/emiert/cskbookawards/bookgrant.

Or contact, John L. Amundsen, ALA program officer for Outreach and Communications, at jamundsen@ala.org.

Diversity and Cultural Competency Training: Collections & RA

Do you want to ensure that your library’s collections are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and well-read?

Do you want to become a more culturally literate librarian and a more effective advocate for your community?

We've developed a foundational online course—with live sessions on February 28 & March 14—that will explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections.