February 1, 2012 (Vol. 18, No. 3) – Opportunities for Engagement

Sign Petition in Support of School Libraries
AASL President Carl Harvey has established an online petition seeking access for all children to effective school library programs. The petition asks that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs. Such action will ensure more students have access to the resources and toolsthat constitute a 21st century learning environment. Reductions in school library programs are creating an ʻaccess gapʼ between schools in wealthier communities versus those where there are high levels of poverty. All students should have an equal opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to learn, to participate, and to compete in todayʼs world.
Please sign the petition by Feb. 4th at the link below.


Medical Library Association Annual Conference Seeks Volunteers
The Medical Library Association (MLA) holds its next annual conference in Seattle, May 18th – 23rd, 2012. Attend presentations, hear from experts, see the latest products and network with over 2000 librarians. Conferences require many hands, and MLA members and non-members are being recruited for volunteer opportunities noted below. Shifts vary from 2-4 hours, between
7 am and 7 pm.

Not an MLA member? Have you dreamed of attending MLA but couldnʼt stretch your budget? This is your opportunity! In return for every four hours of service, volunteers receive a one-day pass! Multiple days can be earned for multiple shifts. MLA members are not eligible for passes, but karma points are plentiful.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Hospitality Information Booth: Exercise your customer service skills! Answer questions about the conference, including schedule changes, provide information about conference and emergency services, transportation, restaurants, and other Seattle-related fun facts.

Prepare Annual Meeting Bags: This fun, one-time event will be, Thursday, May 17th, 2012 (midday). Rock out in your comfy shoes while you interact with other volunteers. Lunch provided.

Placement Center and Member Resource Room: Meet and greet in a quiet environment while you monitor computers, equipment and other resources available for members. If business is slow, you may even have time to sneak in a little reading….

Interested? Please respond to Ann Whitney Gleason:amwhit24@u.washington.edu.
Conference website: http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2012/index.html