News in Brief

Mar 3, 2020

Wyoming State Historical Society Call for Award Nominations
The Wyoming State Historical Society seeks nominations of individuals and organizations that have done outstanding work in preserving and interpreting Wyoming history in 2019. The WYSHS awards program opens many opportunities to recognize the efforts of individuals or organizations in promoting Wyoming’s rich legacy. Deadline is April 30, 2020.

Association for Rural & Small Libraries Call for Proposals
ARSL is now accepting program proposals for the 2020 ARSL Conference, September 30-October 3, in Wichita, Kansas! The conference theme is “SOAR with Libraries: Sharing Our Amazing Resources.” Submit your proposals for both pre-conferences and breakout sessions using the online form. Proposals are due by 9 p.m. MST on March 15, 2020. Submitters will be notified by May 1. Questions? Contact Holly Mercer, 2020 Program Chair at or (620) 225-1231.

Free Programming Resources for Earth Day
Is your library looking for opportunities to engage with patrons about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and Citizen Science Month this April? Through a new sustainability initiative, Our Planet: EARTH, free resources are available for libraries to help communities learn about our changing planet. Libraries can register here to access all the available resources, including posters, STEM activities, videos, and much more. By registering, your library will be automatically entered for a chance to win Scholastic and NASA Earth science books and more.

Student Book Scholars Contest for Students in K-8
The National Youth Foundation is reaching out to schools and literacy organizations to share information about the Student Book Scholars program. Students in grades K-8 are invited to write and illustrate books on bullying. The winning team receives $500 and the project coordinator is awarded $250.  Postmark entry deadline is July 15, 2020.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Takes Place April 30
NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2020, and this year’s topic is Preventative Health & Wellness.  Kelsey Cowles, Middle Atlantic Region Academic Coordinator & Liz Waltman, Southeastern Atlantic Region Education and Communications Coordinator will host a training webinar on April 2, 2020 from 2-3 PM ET. Sign up for the training webinar to learn more about the editing process and hosting your own in-person event and edit with us on the #citeNLM Outreach Dashboard here!

Enter the PR Xchange Competition
The annual PR Xchange Awards from the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, recognize the very best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. Entries are evaluated on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing, who select the winner(s) in each category.  Deadline to enter materials produced in 2019 is April 1, 2020.

Course on YouTube added to PLA’s
The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help patrons learn the basics of using the popular online video site, YouTube. The course, Intro to Searching Videos on YouTube, covers the basics of searching for videos for entertainment, instruction, “do it yourself,” and more. This 21-minute online tutorial explores how one navigates the YouTube homepage, how to perform searches, and how to create an account. It also offers practice activities for learners to use their new knowledge.

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