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Travel Awardees Selected for National Conference of African American Librarians and Reforma National Conference

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has awarded three $1,000 travel awards to attend the 2017 National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) in Atlanta, Georgia, and three $1,000 travel awards to attend the 2017 Reforma National Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

ARL’s goal in providing these travel awards is to give those who may not have the financial resources to attend NCAAL and the Reforma National Conference this opportunity for professional development and networking with colleagues. The travel awards were offered to current students or recent graduates of library and information science (LIS) programs, library employees in roles that do not require the MLIS, library professionals within the first three years of their careers, and others who exhibited financial need. The awardees may use the funds to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals.

The travel award selection committee said, “We were pleased by the strength and diversity in the pool of applicants. We appreciate the time and effort that went into applying for these awards and we regret that we could not send more people to the conferences. NCAAL and the Reforma Conference provide many opportunities for attendees: to learn about cutting-edge developments in librarianship, to connect with peers from around the world, and to find a sense of belonging. The travel awards will help enable current and future library professionals from the most marginalized groups to become more engaged in this community.”

Award Recipients

The 2017 NCAAL Travel Award recipients are:

  • Olufemi Balogun, Master of Library and Information Studies Student, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Online Program
  • Simone Clunie, Master of Science in Information Student, Florida State University, and ARL Diversity Scholar 2016–2018
  • Megan Goins-Diouf, Reference Archivist, Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University

The 2017 Reforma National Conference Travel Award recipients are:

  • Daniel Arbino, Librarian for US Latina/o Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, and ARL Diversity Scholar 2016–2018
  • Alonso Avila, Special Collections & Reference and Library Instruction Librarian, The University of Iowa
  • Regina Carter, Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Virginia

Conference Information

The theme of the 10th NCAAL, to be held August 9–13, 2017, is “Culture Keepers X: Beyond Library Walls: Innovative Ways to Engage Our Communities.” The theme of the 6th Reforma National Conference, to be held September 7–9, 2017, is “Building Communities: Saving Lives.” More information about the conferences is available on the NCAAL and Reforma National Conference websites.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.