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Travel Awards for Underrepresented Professionals Available for Library Assessment Conference 2014—Deadline May 30

UW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris Dubé

ARL is offering travel awards of up to $2,000 each for five individuals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to attend the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6 on the University of Washington (UW) campus in Seattle. ARL hopes to encourage a diverse group of emerging professionals to engage with this growing field and hopes to expose these new professionals to the rich perspectives of practitioners regarding organizational assessment needs, research, and evaluation.

The award covers the registration fee for the main conference as well as pre- and/or post-conference workshops, air and ground transportation, and meals, up to a maximum of $2,000 per awardee. Awardees will be reimbursed for receipted expenses that must be submitted following the event.


Awardee selection criteria include:

  • diverse representation;
  • record of strong interest in this area, demonstrated through related coursework and activities; and
  • potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies.

Two or three of the five awards are reserved for current participants in ARL diversity recruitment programs. Students and practitioners with fewer than three years of professional experience are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to residents of the United States and Canada (citizenship is not a requirement).


The deadline for applications is May 30, 2014. The selection committee will be comprised of members of the ARL Diversity and Leadership Committee and the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by June 6, 2014.

To apply, submit the following documents by e-mail in PDF format to laconf@arl.org by May 30:

  • a statement of interest in attending the Library Assessment Conference with an indication of how you intend to participate in the event (400 words maximum);
  • a statement of financial need;
  • an indication of your eligibility;
  • a résumé or CV; and
  • a recommendation letter.


Registration for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference is open through July 6. Register online.

Main conference fee: $425
Additional workshop fees: $80 for half-day workshops, $130 for full-day workshop

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, August 3, 12:15–4:15 p.m. Post-conference workshops will be held on Thursday, August 7, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (half-day) or 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (full-day). More information on the workshops is available on the conference website.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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/.

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