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Travel Awards Available for National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016—Deadline April 29


NDLC ’16: Bridges to Inclusion

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering up to five $1,000 scholarships for individuals to attend the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16), August 10–13, in Los Angeles, California. Funds from the scholarships may be used to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are:

  • students enrolled in library and information science graduate programs;
  • library support or paraprofessional staff;
  • library professionals within the first three years of their careers;
  • others who exhibit financial need.

The Association’s goal is to encourage conference participation and engagement of library staff and faculty who might not have the financial resources to attend the NDLC. Applicants are asked to submit a statement of financial need along with their application essay.

Benefits and Responsibilities

Scholarship awardees will receive payment of $1,000 in one lump sum 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 Friday, April 29, 2016. The selection committee will be composed of members of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee or their representatives, and other leaders in member libraries. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by June 6, 2016.

Each applicant must provide:

  • an essay (400 words maximum) that describes how you will benefit from attending the NDLC 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 submitted via e-mail to Sarah Durso, smcghee@arl.org, by the faculty member or supervisor.


Registration information is available on the National Diversity in Libraries Conference website.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 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 http://www.arl.org/.