Accepting Applications for the 2018 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/02/2018


Kimberly L. Redd

Program Officer, Education (HRDR) & Certification (APA)

Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)


The American Library Association's (ALA) Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, list serve, etc.). Applicants do not have to be ALA members to apply. Interested persons may apply by completing the brief online questionnaire.  Deadline to apply is February 15, 2018, 11:59 pm CST.


This grant, named after our much-admired past-president, the late Pat Carterette, is designed to honor her passion for professional development in the field of library and information sciences. A former staff development and continuing education coordinator, Pat believed in quality library service, leadership development, and continual learning. 


Please note: The maximum grant amount is $1,000 (with receipts). Any costs above this will be the responsibility of the recipient. In addition to the financial award, the recipient will be provided with access to a member of LRT, who will serve as a “Professional Development Mentor” throughout the award year.  If the recipient is already an ALA member, they will also receive a free one-year membership in LRT.  The award recipient will be notified in May 2018.


In the words of previous recipients:

The scholarship allowed me to attend a conference that furthered my professional development, and by extension the culture of learning at my library system. It also opened the door of introduction to a dynamic group of people, the Learning Roundtable. My scholarship mentor encouraged me to attend a LRT Board Meeting, which was my first introduction to LRT, full of people devoted to learning and sharing.  

Angela Glowcheski, Assistant Director, Sequoyah Regional Library System, GA (2016 recipient)

The scholarship will help me to identify behaviors, simple practices and principles for effective instructional strategies.  I’m confident that because of the Pat Carterette Scholarship I will be able to influence how staff connect what they’ve learned to their work.

Lucretia Robertson, Training and Development Manager, Kitsap Regional Library, WA (2017 recipient)


The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) serves as the liaison to the Learning Round Table.