State Library Agency 2012 ARSL Conference Scholarships

We’re thrilled to see state library agencies making scholarship opportunities available to librarians in their state! In addition to state-provided scholarships, ARSL has opened up the application process for three ARSL scholarships.

Alabama Public Library Service Scholarships

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) is pleased to announce the formation of 2 scholarships for this year’s Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 27-29, 2012. Funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in conjunction with APLS, provides up to $1500 reimbursement for registration, travel, hotel and meals for each scholarship recipient.

The scholarship’s criteria for applicants include:

  • Must work in an Alabama public library
  •  Never attended an ARSL Conference before
  • Library service population is less than 25,000
  • Willingness to network and share
  • Agree to write a 1-page article for APLSeeds
  • Agree to speak at the October Administrators’ Meeting about the Conference
  •   If not the head of a library, Supervisor approval of the application

Completed applications must be mailed and received at APLS by May 14th, and scholarship winners will be announced by June 29th. It is up to the recipient to make all travel arrangements. Applications are available on the APLS website (http://www.statelibrary.alabama.gov) under Homepage Quick Links. Any questions should be directed to Denise A. Wetzel at dwetzel@apls.state.al.us or 800-723-8469, ext. 3949.

Arizona State Library

The Arizona State Library offers continuing education scholarships of up to $1,000 for full-time Arizona library staff members to attend the ARSL conference.

See Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Scholarship Information for more information.

California State Library Scholarships

The California State Library is pleased to announce that it will provide scholarships for California Rural Library and Tribal Library directors and staff to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina  September 27 -29, 2012. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn and build practical knowledge, skills, and connections with other rural library staff from across the country.

Who is eligible?

Directors, librarians and other library staff members who work in a rural or Tribal library, and those who are responsible for planning and/or performing public service and programming in a rural or Tribal library.

What will the scholarship cover?

These scholarships will cover conference registration, airfare, hotel, and transportation to and from the airports.  All California scholarship recipients will be required to pay for membership in ARSL in order to register for the conference at the member rate.

What is required for the scholarship request?

All scholarship requests are to be submitted by rural or Tribal library directors on their own behalf or on behalf of a staff member. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2012.

For further information and application form, contact Carla Lehn, clehn@library.ca.gov

Montana State Library Scholarships

Montana is providing three scholarships for librarians to attend ARSL! Applicants (directors or staff) must work at either a small Montana public library (service population 10,000 or less) or a tribal library.  This should be the applicant’s first ARSL Conference.  Applicants should be willing to network and share information gathered at the conference.  Scholarships are up to $2,000 to be used for conference registration fees, travel, accommodations and meals.  Any expenses over $2,000 must be provided by the applicant. Applications are due by July 2, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by July 10, 2012.

See Montana Scholarship Application for more information.

State Library of North Carolina Scholarships: Raising the Bar

The project goal is to enhance library services in often underserved communities by promoting and inspiring excellence in service at rural and small public libraries across the state. Grant funds will support registration and lodging for 80 librarians to attend the 2012 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference held in Raleigh, NC on September 26-29, 2012.

Public library staff members will provide a statement describing how the skills and information they receive through conference attendance will benefit their library users and co-workers.

Awardees are expected to:

  • Fully attend the conference sessions, during the conference
  • Demonstrate how library users and co-workers benefited from their attendance, after the conference.

Who May Apply?
Public library staff from state-aid eligible libraries may apply. Priority may be given to those who have not previously attended an ARSL conference and/or to those in library systems serving small/rural populations.

Funds Will Cover:

  • Conference Registration (may include one-year membership)
  • Hotel Lodging

Participants will register individually; the State Library of North Carolina will make all lodging arrangements.
All other expenses including meals, transportation, parking, and any other incidental costs are the responsibility of the applicant and/or library.

How Do I Apply?
Complete the online application. The application deadline is Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

What is Raising the Bar?
Raising the Bar is a State Library program that enhances library services by promoting excellence in North Carolina’s libraries through supporting professional development opportunities for eligible library staff.

Questions? Contact Lori Special at 919-807-7425 or Lori.Special@ncdcr.gov.

See North Carolina Scholarship Application for a pdf of this information or complete online application.

North Dakota State Library Scholarships

The North Dakota State Library is extremely pleased to offer a Continuing Education grant opportunity for two librarians to attend the upcoming September conference of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Applicants must work at a rural or small North Dakota public library (service population 25,000 or less). Applications must be received at the North Dakota State library by July 1, 2012. Announcement of granted awards shall be made no later than July 16, 2012.

See North Dakota Scholarship Application for more information.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Libraries Scholarships

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is pleased to announce the formation of four scholarships to attend this year’s Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 27-29, 2012. Funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides conference registration plus up to $800 reimbursement for travel, hotel and meals for each scholarship recipient. It is up to the recipient to make all travel arrangements. Find application and criteria here and submit applications by Monday, July 2.

West Virginia Library Commission Scholarships

The West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC) is pleased to announce the formation of 2 scholarships to attend this year’s Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 27-29, 2012. Funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in conjunction with WVLC, provides up to $1000 reimbursement for registration, travel, hotel and meals for each scholarship recipient.

The scholarship’s criteria for applicants include:

  • Must work in a West Virginia public library
  • Never attended an ARSL Conference before
  • Library service population is less than 20,000
  • Willingness to network and share
  • Agree to write a 1-page article for a future WVLC newsletter
  • Agree to speak at an upcoming seminar/webinar about the Conference or a specific subject area of interest related to a conference session
  • If not the head of a library, Supervisor approval of the application

Completed applications must be mailed and received at WVLC by May 31st, and scholarship winners will be announced by June 30th. New! See Announcement of Scholarship Winners.

Utah State Library Scholarships

The Utah State Library (USL) offers the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant to persons employed in Utah libraries for advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons. USL and the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) funds these grants. Up to four grants will be awarded to pay for conference attendance in Sept. 2012 in Raleigh North Carolina. Online application must be completed by July 17, 2012. Application and additional information available on the Utah State Library website.

This was the first year that the Utah State Library offered a grant to individuals from rural libraries to attend ARSL. They offered four grants, and the participants submitted an article about their experiences. Here is a link to the blog that has their thoughts about the ARSL conference: http://utahlibraries.org/tag/association-for-rural-and-small-libraries/

 

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