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Opportunities abound for school, public, and academic librarians looking for chances to present their own webinar or earn fellowships and awards.

Fall brings chances for librarians to share their expertise via webinar, earn paid trips to an ALA conference, and more.

  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Equity Fellowship program is accepting applications for five fellowships. Applicants must work in a library, school, or similar setting, have one to five years of experience serving children, and identify as American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.  Applications will be judged on a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as the potential for ALSC leadership. Fellowship recipients receive two-year ALSC and ALA memberships and funding for one year of conference registrations and travel for ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual, as well as a mentorship. Applications are due Sept. 14.
  • American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award Librarians currently working in a U.S. public, school, or academic library can be nominated. They must be a librarian with a master’s degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited program or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The deadline is midnight Central time on Oct. 1.
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking proposals for webinar presenters , especially in the following topics: Integrating the new AASL Standards into practice, digital equity, cultural awareness and diversity, socio-emotional learning, serving preschoolers in the school library, library service to incarcerated juveniles, student data privacy, and digital citizenship. Experts in other subjects, including inquiry, STEM/STEAM/STREAM, makerspaces, and emergent technology, are also invited to apply to present a 30- to 60-minute webinar. Proposals can be submitted here.
  • Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards, which gives a $600 stipend to up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference, and an invitation to the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy banquet while there. Applicants—who must be personal members of ALSC and ALA—will be judged on their library experience, new programs or innovations they started, and involvement in ALSC and other professional and educational associations. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. For more information or to apply.

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