Apply for the Friends of ALSC Mini Institute Scholarship

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/01/2016


Dan Bostrom

Membership/Marketing Manager



The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC recently announced a scholarship opportunity for the ALSC Mini Institute.

In an effort to support ALSC’s goal of continuing education for children’s librarians, the Friends of ALSC are offering two scholarships to the ALSC Mini Institute, January 20, 2017, immediately prior to ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, in Atlanta, Georgia. Scholarship recipients must be ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting. The scholarships will include Mini Institute registration and a $700 travel stipend to cover airfare and hotel lodging.

The Mini Institute is everything you need in one place--programming, keynote author/illustrator events, networking, discussion forums and much more. This intensive learning opportunity with a youth services focus and is designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults. It is one of the only workshops devoted solely to children's librarianship, literature and technology.

The Mini Institute, in addition to ALSC's Virtual Institute in September 2016, are being held in lieu of the 2016 ALSC National Institute that was scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. ALSC's Board of Directors voted to cancel the event in Charlotte in response to the passage of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (House Bill 2), which repealed all GLBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances across the state. The law contradicts the core values, purpose, and diversity work of ALSC and undermines civil rights and the fundamental principles upon which libraries are founded. More information on the Board's decision can be found in ALSC's official statement.

The online application must be submitted before midnight on September 30, 2016. Prior to submitting the application, seek permission from current supervisor for time off to attend the Mini Institute. Winners will be notified by mid-October 2016. For more information on the Mini Institute scholarship including requirements and a link to the application form, please see the ALSC Mini Institute site.

The Friends of ALSC was created to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. For more information on joining the Friends of ALSC, please visit: