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Jun 7, 2023

standing graphicFree Autism-Ready Libraries Toolkit Available
University of Washington Information School (iSchool) has created a free toolkit that contains free online training modules and resources for youth-serving librarians and library staff in public libraries who would like to better serve families with autistic children. This resource can also be used by anyone with an interest in autism inclusion and inclusive early literacy practices, including school librarians, library managers and administrators, parents and caregivers, community leaders, and teachers. The project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Five Elements of a Compelling Grant Proposal
Every compelling grant proposal has components that are an absolute must, regardless of project or funder. Experience suggests that the answer is yes, there are basics that can’t be ignored. The Grantsmanship Center ‘s Model includes eight essential parts for a successful proposal, but these are the five that are too often neglected.

AASL Opens Call for Poster and IdeaLab Proposals
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for Poster and IdeaLab Presentations, to be presented October 19, 2023, at their conference in Tampa, Florida. Complete proposals must be submitted by July 6, 2023. New this year, AASL is offering school librarians, educators, administrators, and community partners the opportunity to submit a poster presentation on any topic relevant to school libraries. The AASL IdeaLab showcases best practices, innovative ideas, and adaptive projects and practices.  Small program presentations should offer visuals in handouts, laptop presentations, or samples.

AASL Announces 2023 Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released its annual list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. The Best Digital Tools provide opportunities for school librarians to enhance learning, engage learners, and collaborate with educators. The list can be found at The recognition honors digital tools that foster innovation and collaboration, encourage exploration and participation, are user-friendly, and offer information and references. The technology resources are also evaluated for their application of AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

ALA Releases the Libraries Build Business Communications Toolkit for Library Workers
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Policy & Advocacy office (PPA), in partnership with Co/lab Capacity, has released the Libraries Build Business Communications Toolkit. The toolkit provides tools and resources for library workers to promote their small business support services, grow and maintain relationships with local partners, and advocate to policymakers on the important role libraries play in the small business ecosystem.

Open Access Journal on Politics of Libraries and Library Funding Relaunches
EveryLibrary has announced that the open access journal, The Political Librarian, has returned to publication following a Covid-impacted hiatus. This is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the politics of libraries and library funding in the industry. The latest issue focuses on the growing external political pressures and legislative actions to censor, review, or ban books in schools and public libraries.

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