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Travel Awards Available for National Conference of African American Librarians and Reforma National Conference

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering two $1,000 travel awards to attend the National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL), August 9–13, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, and two $1,000 travel awards to attend the Reforma National Conference, September 7–9, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Funds from the travel awards may be used to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals. One award for each conference will be designated for a current ARL diversity programs participant.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are either:

  • 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; or
  • others who exhibit financial need.

The Association’s goal is to encourage conference participation and engagement of LIS students and library staff and faculty who might not have the financial resources to attend the NCAAL and Reforma National Conference. 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 Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The selection committee will be composed of alumni of ARL diversity and leadership programs. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by July 10, 2017.

Each applicant must provide:

  • an essay (400 words maximum) that describes how you will benefit from attending the NCAAL or Reforma National Conference or how the event supports your 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 faculty member or supervisor e-mailed directly to Mira Swearer, mira@arl.org.

Please note, an applicant may apply for travel awards for both conferences, but may receive only one award.

Conference Registration

Registration information 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.