DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant

About the DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant
The purpose of these grants is to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities This grant has been established to enable PLA Members new to the profession and who have not had the opportunity to attend a major PLA continuing education event in the last five years to do so.

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Award and Frequency

up to $1,500 per applicant

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a current member of the Public Library Association
 
Applicant must have been a practicing librarian (with an MLS from an accredited institution) for five years or less.
 
Applicant cannot be a current officer or member of the PLA Board of Directors.
 
Applicant cannot be a current member of the New Leaders Travel Grant Jury.
 
Applicant’s supervisor or supervising authority cannot be a current member of the New Leaders Travel Grant Jury.
 
Applicant cannot have attended a major PLA continuing education program in the last five years due to limited or non-existent funding for professional travel at his or her institution.
 
Applicant must be a current member of the Public Library Association
 
Applicant must have been a practicing librarian (with an MLS from an accredited institution) for five years or less.
 
Applicant cannot be a current officer or member of the PLA Board of Directors.
 
Applicant cannot be a current member of the New Leaders Travel Grant Jury.
 
Applicant’s supervisor or supervising authority cannot be a current member of the New Leaders Travel Grant Jury.
 
Applicant cannot have attended a major PLA continuing education program in the last five years due to limited or non-existent funding for professional travel at his or her institution.
 

Applicant Responsibility

The event for which the award was presented must take place within 14 months of the date of announcement of the selected applicants; winners of the travel grants applied for in a given year will be announced no later than February of the following year. These grants must be used within 14 months of the announcement of the award. Failure to complete the travel will result in the necessity of the grant monies being returned to PLA, unless an extension is granted by PLA for extenuating circumstances.
 
Travel actually funded by the grant must be that specified in the grant application. Grant recipients must submit to the PLA Office a detailed report regarding the continuing education event they attended within a month of their return; this report must include a section on how the knowledge gained will impact the recipient’s library and/or career. An expense report and a copy of all receipts should also be included with the report. Eligible expenses are tuition, registration fees, lodging at a conference hotel (single rate), meals (not to exceed the ALA per diem rate), local mileage, transportation to and from the city in which the event will be held, and ground transportation.

Application Instructions

 

To submit an application for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

PLA will forward the applications to the current chair of the DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant Jury. PLA reserves the right to extend the application deadline.

Contact Information

Julianna Kloeppel (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) - jkloeppel@ala.org
Work Phone: 312-280-5026
Fax: (312) 280-5029
American Library Association Public Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Eligible events are the PLA Spring Symposium workshops; PLA National Conferences; and other PLA events, such as preconferences, held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conferences.