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ALA 2007 Scholarships

ALA is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. ALA and its units provide more than $300,000 annually for study in a master's degree in library and information studies from an ALA accredited program, or for a master's degree in school library media program that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited unit. Lists of ALA accredited programs and NCATE accredited programs are available online.

The scholarship process is open annually from October–March. Applications and reference forms (which must be submitted online) are available during that time period. The scholarship page, includes links to FAQ.

Samuel Lazerow Fellowship Award

Nominations will be accepted for the Samuel Lazerow Fellowship Award for Research in Collections and Technical Services in Academic and Research Libraries until January 8, 2007. This award, a citation and $1,000 cash award sponsored by Thomson Scientific, seeks to foster advances in collections or technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields. Research projects in the compilation of bibliographies are not eligible for this award.

Proposals will be judged with an emphasis on the following:

  • Potential significance of the project to acquisitions or technical services work
  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal
  • Evidence of an interest in scholarship (previous publication record)

Send nominations to: Samuel Lazerow Fellowship, ACRL, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Complete information on submission procedures is available online.

2007 CLA/3M Canada Award for Achievement in Technical Services

The Technical Services Interest Group of the Canadian Librarian Association (CLA) awards the CLA/3M Canada Award for Achievement in Technical Services to recognize achievement in technical services in order to:

  • encourage innovation and excellence;
  • share new ideas or innovative approaches to technical services problems with other libraries so that they can incorporate them or build on them, as appropriate;
  • foster high morale in technical services units;
  • raise the profile of technical services within individual libraries and across the Canadian library community.

Any technical services unit whose library has an institutional membership in CLA is eligible.

Applicants must demonstrate achievement during the past year in:

  • planning and implementing an ongoing program, services or special project;
  • developing or utilizing new or improved methods, techniques, or routines;
  • identifying or implementing an innovative approach to solving a problem or meeting a need in any aspect of technical services, including: management, automation, security of the collection, acquisitions, serials control, cataloguing, processing of library materials, or the innovative design/layout of the Technical Services area.

Announcement of the award will be made at the annual general meeting of the Technical Services Interest Group at the CLA Annual Conference, and in Feliciter. The winning library will receive a check for $1,000 and a certificate or plaque. Submit applications by February 28 to: Jane Binksman, Convenor, Technical Services Interest Group, Acquisitions Librarian, Ryerson University Library, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3. More information on the award is available online.

Digital Preservation Coalition’s Digital Preservation Award

The Digital Preservation Coalition is accepting entries for the third Digital Preservation Award. This is the eleventh anniversary of the Conservation Awards, and is the third year to include the prestigious Digital Preservation Award, which recognizes new initiatives by museums, libraries, galleries and archives in the field of digital preservation.

To be eligible for the Digital Preservation Award, a project must demonstrate leadership and advancement in digital preservation that will benefit the United Kingdom (UK). It must focus on preserving digital materials (whether "born digital" or digitized) rather than on the use of digitization as a preservation reformatting tool. Projects that have been completed by March 31, 2007 will be considered. International applicants are welcomed, providing that the project can demonstrate benefit to the UK. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2007.

For information, contact Carol Jackson, Administration Manager, Digital Preservation Coalition. More information about the Conservation Awards is available online.

3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant

Members of ALA's New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, to cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in June 2007. Read about the experiences of last year’s winners online.

The application form and information about the grant are available on the NMRT website. For more information about the grant, contact Jessica Hutchings, Chair, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee at or 337-475-5546.

NASIG Awards

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is pleased to announce the beginning of its application cycle for NASIG's 2007 grants, awards, and scholarships. NASIG annually awards student travel grants, awards for promising serialists, scholarships for library school students, and an international award to aid in serials research.

Since 1988, NASIG has granted over 130 student grant awards including six grants for Mexican students, five Marcia Tuttle Awards for international serials research, nine Fritz Schwartz educational scholarships, 22 Horizon Awards to recognize up-and-coming members of the profession, and, in 2006, the first ever Serials Specialist Award to an outstanding serials paraprofessional.

Find more awards information on the NASIG Awards Web page.