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Travel Awards Available for Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: Apply by June 25, 2018

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering five $1,000 travel awards for ARL member institution employees to attend the third National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) on September 26–30, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funds from the travel awards may be used to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are non-student employees of ARL member institutions who exhibit financial need and who wish to actively participate in the conference and apply knowledge gained from the event in their institutions.

The Association’s goal is to encourage conference participation and engagement by employees in ARL member institutions who might not have the financial resources to attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. Applicants are asked to submit a statement of financial need along with their application essay.

Benefits and Responsibilities

Each travel awardee will receive a single payment of $1,000 directly from the Association of Research Libraries. Awardees will be responsible for registering for the conference, making arrangements for travel, and reserving hotel accommodations.


Apply online by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT) on Monday, June 25, 2018. The selection committee will be composed of alumni of ARL diversity and leadership programs.

Each applicant must provide:

  • an essay (400 words maximum) that describes how they will benefit from attending the JCLC or how the event supports their learning and developmental interests and goals;
  • a brief statement of financial need (can be appended to the essay);
  • a résumé or CV; and
  • a recommendation letter from a supervisor, library/archive director, or someone else who can speak to the applicant’s commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, or someone who can address how the applicant will benefit from attending the JCLC. The letter should indicate the relationship to the applicant and be submitted by the recommender via email directly to Mira Swearer, mira@arl.org.

Conference Registration

Registration information is available on the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color website.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.