The Alaska State Library, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act (Federal Source CFDA 45.310) has generously provided funding for grants to attend conferences and other Professional Development opportunities.
Those interested can apply for grants to attend (and travel to) a variety of conferences, classes, and workshops for professional development, including the Alaska Library Association annual conference, American Library Association national conference, and online webinars.
Conference & Online Training Grants
Out-of-state Professional Development Grant: (on-line application) deadline for ALA, Mid-Winter, and other winter, spring & summer travel this year is November 15th, 2017 ($1,500)
In-state Professional Development Grant: (on-line application) deadline for AkLA, ASTE, and other winter & spring in-state travel is December 15th, 2017 ($1,000)
Online Training: seven days prior to the event
*Preference is given to applicants that are current AkASL members.
AkASL Online Registration
Grant recipients will be reimbursed up to the following toward registration, hotel, and travel: $500 for online training, $1,000 for in-state conferences, and $1,500 for out-of-state conferences.
Please note travel and housing will only be provided to applicants who do not live in the community where the conference is being held. For example, if AkLA is held in Anchorage, Anchorage applicants are only eligible for registration reimbursement.
Awardees will be required to report on their grant activities, submit all receipts for reimbursement, and submit one shareable product for each day of conference attendance for possible publication in the Puffin, AkASL’s online blog.
Application and Reporting Links
Professional Development Grant Application Form (For events taking place between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018.)
Professional Development Grant Reporting Form (Use for summer 2017 conferences. Will be updated for 2017-2018 conferences in the fall.)
TO APPLY for the grant, please fill out the online application. Email AkASL Professional Development Grant Coordinator for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conferences to Consider
School Library Media Specialist/School Librarian Jo Morse Scholarship
The stated purpose is to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies leading to a library media specialist/school librarian certificate and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska to work in professional school library positions. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. Preference will be given to an individual meeting the federal definition of Alaska Native ethnicity.
An applicant must be an Alaskan resident who:
Amount for the next academic year will be $4,000.
Criteria for Selection
An individual will be selected by a Scholarship Committee of AkLA based on the following criteria:
Fill out this online form, and then mail a current resume, official college transcripts, and three references using the printable Word form (below) to AkLA Scholarship Committee, Att: Julie M. Niederhauser, Alaska State Library, PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811.
A complete application packet must be received by January 15 of the award year. The recipient is announced at the annual spring AkLA conference.