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Volume17, Number 4 • April 2000
3M to Donate Library Detection Systems to Schools

3M has announced the launch of “3M Salute to Schools,” a program providing up to $1 million in 3M Detection Systems to school library media centers in the U.S. The program is being sponsored by 3M, in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association. AASL will be responsible for receiving applications and selecting recipients for the donation.

“3M is ecstatic about being able to bring more 3M Detection Systems into school library media centers. Without a security system, libraries lose hundreds of books and other educational resources every year,” said Don Leslie, industry marketing manager at 3M Library Systems. “A security system is crucial to protecting the resources that enhance education and help create a stimulating learning environment for students.”

“Protecting library resources in schools contributes to the overall improvement of library media services for young people, and that’s what AASL is all about,” said M. Ellen Jay, president of AASL. “AASL is pleased to partner with 3M to help school libraries preserve these resources for students throughout the country.”

The program is open to middle and high schools in the U.S. Schools selected to receive the donation will be awarded a 3M Detection System for the entrance/exit of their media center, a supply of 3M Tattle-Tape Security Strips for marking items in their collection, and necessary materials-processing accessories. Individual donations will vary depending upon the needs of the library.

Schools must apply by May 31, 2000. Applications are available online at or by calling the American Library Association’s Fax-On-Demand at 800/545-2433, pressing 4, and requesting document number 802. Recipients will be announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference held July 8-11, 2000 in Chicago.

Source: 3M, St. Paul, MN, 800/328-0067;

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