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STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award

Grants to USA Librarians to Attend a
Professional Development Conference

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American Library Association (ALA) - Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

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Grants of $1,250 to USA librarians to subsidize costs associated with traveling to the funding source's annual conference. Preference will be given to individuals who demonstrate the greatest need for the purposes of networking, professional development, service to their community, and education. Funding will be used for travel expenses.

The STARS Education and Training Committee will assign a mentor to the recipient for the conference to help them navigate through the conference experience. The recipient is expected to participate in STARS events throughout the conference.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174853

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This award is intended for persons who have been in the profession for less than two years, or an individual who is newly employed in interlibrary loan, resource sharing or electronic reserves position and has little or no experience in that area.

M.L.S. or ALA membership is not required for this award.

Pre-Application Information:

The award nomination period runs October 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018

Self-nominations are permitted.

2018 RUSA Achievement Awards Calendar:
-Nomination period opens, press release/news is publicized: October 1, 2017
-Calls for nominations: October through January
-Nomination period closes: January 5, 2018
-Virtual Meetings for Awards: October through January
-ALA Midwinter Meeting – Denver, CO: February 9-13, 2018
-Winners selected: At or before Midwinter
-Media Profiles and W-9 (for cash awards) due: Immediately after MW
-Winners announced by RUSA Office: March-April
-Sponsors, winners, committees, members receive press release link and are free to promote: March-April
-Monetary prize awards processed: March, April, May
-ALA Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA: June 21-26, 2018

The nomination form can be found on the RUSA Update Resources page:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Amy Paulus, Committee Chair

50 E. Huron
Chicago, IL 60611

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