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.
The 2018-2019 grant cycle is now CLOSED. For training held AFTER August 1, 2019, please check this site after August 1. This includes applications for travel to attend AASL 2019.
Conference & Online Training Grants
Out-of-state Professional Development Grant: (on-line application) deadline for ALA Midwinter, ALA Annual, or other winter, spring & summer travel this year is November 15th, 2018 ($1,500)
In-state Professional Development Grant: (on-line application) deadline for AkLA, ASTE, and other winter & spring in-state travel is December 15th, 2018 ($1,000)
Online Training: seven days prior to the event
*Unless otherwise noted, deadlines and notices as as follows:
Out-of-State Grants: Deadline = 80 days prior to conference; award notices = 60 days prior to conference.
In-State Grants: Deadline = 60 days prior to conference; award notices = 45 days prior to conference.
Online Grants: Deadline = 1 week prior to training; award notices = ASAP.
*Preference is given to applicants that are current AkASL members.
AkASL Online Registration
Application and Reporting Links
Professional Development Grant Application Form (For events taking place between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019)
Professional Development Grant Reporting Form
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 & Training to Consider
ALA Midwinter Meeting, Seattle: January 25-29, 2019
ASTE 2019, Anchorage: February 16-19, 2019
AkLA, Juneau: February 28-March 3, 2019
ALAN Workshop @ NCTE 2018, Houston: November 15-20, 2018
ALA Annual Conference, Washington, DC: June 20-25, 2019
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: