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Association for Middle Level Education offers a Grant

Collaboration Mini-Grant

“Collaboration is a key concept in the successful education of young adolescents, as identified in the following characteristic from AMLE’s foundational document This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents: Courageous, collaborative leaders make a difference by putting their knowledge and beliefs into action.

This broad concept includes collaboration between teams, collaboration between a team and exploratory, collaboration with parents, collaboration with community agencies, collaboration with another school, and collaboration within the student body.

The Association for Middle Level Education Foundation Fund Committee is awarding two $2,000 Collaboration Mini-Grants in 2017 to middle grades educators who have taken leadership roles in developing collaborative projects both within and outside of schools. Recipients of this grant will receive funds to enhance an existing collaborative program or to institute a proposed program, and they will be invited present about their collaborative project at a concurrent session at the AMLE Annual Conference. In addition, recipients will be recognized at the Annual Conference. Attendance at the conference will be at the expense of the school and may not be funded by monies from this grant.

Application Information

Any professional member or school that has been an AMLE school member for at least 12 months may apply.

Provide a narrative summary of the project or program in not more than three pages. Narrative should include:

  • Groups or individuals involved in the collaboration
  • A description of the collaborative process used to design the program, including how students were involved in its development
  • A timeline for implementation
  • Desired outcomes for students in both academic and social/emotional domains
  • How the project will be sustained in the future
  • How this project will benefit your school, your staff, and your students
  • For projects currently in existence, also include:
    • How long the project has been in place
    • How it changed since initiated
    • Observed student outcomes, both academic and social/emotional

Also include:

  • A budget summary detailing how the grant money will be used
  • A letter of support from the school’s principal
  • Pictures, articles, or artifacts that illustrate the project (not required)

Each year, applications must be submitted electronically to AMLE no later than April 15. Submissions should be sent to

Collaboration Mini-Grant Application

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Have you checked CMLE’s Continuing Education calendar lately?

As library people, we love knowledge and learning! If you are looking for some professional Continuing Education opportunities, hopefully you know about CMLE’s calendar!

The calendar is located on our Continuing Education page, which features a Google calendar that is updated daily with new learning opportunities. We include a variety of events like webinars, online courses, in-person conferences, workshops, and yes, even free opportunities!

The page also has links to organizations like Library Juice, TIES, and the AASL’s eAcademy that offer their own training and development opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in a Continuing Education event but struggling with the financial aspect, don’t forget CMLE offers scholarships!

“The Jacket from Dachau” wins award for excellence in reference services


The Jacket from Dachau

From RUSA, by By Leighann Wood :

The Jacket from Dachau: One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home” Libguide was selected as the 2017 winner of the ReferenceUSA Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services for its well-organized and accessible presentation of information about the Holocaust.

Spearheaded by librarians Leslie Ward and Christine (Mi Seon) Kim of the Kurt R. Schmeller Library, Queensborough Community College, New York, “The Jacket from Dachau” Libguide was developed to accompany the exhibition at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center of Queensborough Community College. The exhibition focuses on the jacket worn by Benzion Pereseck, a 15-year-old Lithuanian boy, during his time at Dachau Concentration Camp. Themes of justice, identity, perseverance, and home are woven throughout the exhibit evoking an emotional, historical narrative. Continue reading “The Jacket from Dachau” wins award for excellence in reference services

Let the world know what angry librarians are like!

CMLE members: it’s time!

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We get a pittance of money at all levels to provide an extraordinary amount of services to our communities – and our federal money is being threatened. Our federal money is threatened, our federal office is threatened – and our libraries will suffer!

DO NOT STAND FOR THIS! Let the world know just how valuable libraries are, and about the work that you do!! Let’s NOT just sit passively and quietly as our structures are dismantled, and our organizations ruined!!

Be proud of yourself, and of your library!

Our work is important – and should not be devalued and defunded!!

Even if your library does not directly receive money from IMLS, you receive services through the state from IMLS. Losing our federal agency – the only voice our profession has in the federal government – will be a disastrous blow to us.

In 2016, Minnesota received $2,732,686 from IMLS. That money goes to individual libraries in LSTA grants, and helps support  statewide programs and services we all use. Let’s not let this go!

Read this press release from the Young Adult library services association of ALA, and DO SOMETHING today!!


If you have other questions, or want to talk about emails you can send, phone calls you can make, or other things you can do to, you can always reach out to us here at CMLE Headquarters! We are here to support you, and the work you do for your community. Continue reading Let the world know what angry librarians are like!

Share your research data services!

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I serve on the University of Northern Iowa Library Data Services Task Force, which has been charged with investigating what types of research data services are being offered at other libraries to help determine what library services should be offered at our institution.  A single response per institution will suffice for our needs.

Please complete the short Library Research Data Services (RDS) Survey by March 24, 2017.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for taking the time to consider my questions.

Ellen Neuhaus
Associate Professor of Library Services, Digital Scholarship Librarian,
Digital Scholarship Unit, Content Discovery Division
UNI ScholarWorks website at
Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa