Winners Announced for IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Lit | News Bites

In the latest News Bites, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Honors and Prizes

IMLSlogoThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Among its honorees are the following libraries: the Cecil County Public Library in Elkton, MD, the Craig Public Library in Craig, AK, the Embudo Valley Library and Community Center in Dixon, NM, and the Los Angeles Public Library. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that present extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on May 18. The next deadline for nominations is October 1, 2015. Learn more about the National Medal at its website. NationalBookAwardThe National Book Foundation recently announced that publishers’ guidelines and the entry form for the 2015 National Book Awards would be available on the foundation’s website. The judges for this year’s awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature will select a longlist of ten titles in each of the four categories to be announced in mid-September. Twenty finalists from the longlists will be announced on October 14. One winner in each of the four categories will be announced at the 66th National Book Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 18, 2015. Read the full press release. During the 40th annual South Carolina Association of School Librarian’s (SCASL) conference in March, the SCASL Awards Committee recognized a number of award recipients, and among them, Charlene Zehner was honored as the School Librarian of the Year. The award honors a full-time librarian on the basis of exemplary programs as well as active participation and service to SCASL and other related organizations. Zehner has been the librarian at Hanahan High School in Hanahan, SC, for nine years. In 2012, she was named Hanahan High School’s Teacher of the Year. Her long list of accomplishments are as follow: former-secretary of SCASL, former-president and vice-president of the Berkeley County Association of School Librarians, National Board certified member, and National Board mentor. To see the full list of award recipients, visit SCASL’s website. NatureGenThe shortlist for the Green Earth Book Award was announced. The Nature Generation created the Green Earth Book Award to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. Authors/illustrators are awarded $2,000 in each of the five categories—Picture Book, Children’s Fiction, Children’s Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Young Adult Nonfiction. Winners and honor books will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Winners will be awarded during the Read Green Festival on October 1, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. View the full shortlist here. LightSailLightSail was named the 2015 Return On Education Award VentureED winner at the sixth annual ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, an event in Scottsdale, AZ, which brings ed tech visionaries for high-impact discussions and debates, contributing toward global enrichment in education. In recent months, LightSail was also named the winner of the Mindful Data Digital Innovation in Learning Award from EdSurge and Digital Promise and received Best Ed Tech of 2014 honors from Common Sense Media. Visit the LightSail website for further details. The Chautauqua Institution announced the 2015 finalists for The Chautauqua Prize that celebrates a book that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and to honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. The winning title will be announced in mid-May. The winning author will receive $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua located in Chautauqua, New York. More information can be found by visiting the website.

Grants, Scholarships, and Competitions

Gale and Library Media Connection invite all media specialists and educators at K−12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada to share their collaboration success stories and apply for the 2015 TEAMS Award for teachers and media specialists influencing student achievement. The three winners will each receive a cash award, Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection, and the Educator's Professional Bookshelf from Linworth Publishing/Libraries Unlimited. Plus, the winners will be featured in a Library Media Connection article. The deadline is June 30, 2015. Visit the website for more information.

Upgrades, Launches, and Partnerships

EH_150226-EBSCO-BuysYBPEBSCO Information Services has introduced 10 new academic Featured Ebooks Collections from their YBP Core Titles designed to give academic libraries a simple way to add important and core titles to their collections. Visit EBSCO’s official website for more information. Capstone recently launched the Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Literature, a new initiative supporting the work of children’s authors and illustrators whose stories entertain and inspire young readers. Starting this year, Capstone will select one artist annually for a month-long residency at the Anderson Center, one of the country’s premier residential arts centers located in Red Wing, MN. Applications are currently open for the 2016 prize. Learn more here. McGraw-Hill Education and Microsoft Corp. have announced a collaboration that will enable educators to build their own “compound learning objects” through the program Microsoft Office Mix and integrate them into McGraw-Hill Education’s learning platforms. Learn more here. EvoAppersonApperson, Inc. made its Evo Academics assessment platform available free-of-charge to educators everywhere. The Free Teacher Edition, which was designed by teachers, allows educators to create online quizzes and tests, share tests with colleagues, build and store rubrics, assign tests to students through a student portal, access assessment results in real time, and generate student proficiency reports for the standards assessed. Visit Apperson’s Evo Academics website.


Coming May 8, Ellen Prager, oceanographer and author of the “Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians” fantasy adventure series, will give the first ever U.S. underwater book launch for her new book The Shark Riderto be released May 1.  Prager will read an excerpt from her new book while submerged underwater, using scuba gear and a communication mask, to a select group of schools at the Florida Aquarium. Visit Prager’s website for more information. The Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a conference and literature fair on September 25−26. Texas State University College of Education developed the book award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. Find more information at the award’s website.

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JLGJunior Library Guild (JLG) recently announced Sean Lockwood as its new vice-president of Sales. Before joining JLG, Lockwood served as vice-president of Sales at World Book, Inc. in Chicago, IL, where he lead the combined domestic and international sales teams in the school, public library, and consumer market segments and supervised the Digital Products Development team. ABAABC Children’s Group and the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) are holding an auction in support of protecting the free speech rights of young readers. The auction will take place 5:30−7:30 pm ET on May 26 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. More than 100 pieces of art from well-known children’s illustrators, including special pieces created in recognition of Judy Blume, this year’s honoree, will be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction support ABFE, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, and Banned Books Week. Tickets are For ticket costs and other details, visit the ABA website.

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