Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant increases funding through individual donations

For Immediate Release
Wed, 09/21/2011


Cheryl Malden

Cape Coral, Fla. – The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has received a number of donations from individuals currently active in the information community.  These donors all were influenced at some point in their careers through interaction with Bob Asleson, late founder and president of The Redalen Group.

Candidates for an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree can apply for the grant that subsidizes attendance at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference.  Recipients are selected based on economic need and an essay written according to criteria set by the grant’s board of directors.  Applications for attendance at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas are due by Oct. 15.  Each grant is for $1,500.

Established by Bob’s friends and industry colleagues, this grant honors the memory of the late Bob Asleson, one of that industry’s most creative and prolific executives.  An advisor and guide to countless members of the profession, Bob’s 50-year career spanned both traditional and innovative technologies, from reference materials to CD-ROMs to online databases.  He held presidential positions at several leading information companies, and served on countless organization boards.

The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant thanks the following people for their generous donations in support of library science education:

  • Tim Collins, President, EBSCO Publishing
  • Cheryl D. Crosby, Principal, CDC Consultants
  • John Dove, President, CREDO
  • Rodrigue E. Gauvin, Sr. Vice President, ProQuest
  • Annette Harwood Murphy, Co-Founder, President/CEO, The Library Corporation
  • Debra Spruill, President, Spruill Information Services

Annette Harwood Murphy remembered Bob: “I have known Bob Asleson for many years.  He was President of TLC for a number of years before starting his company.  Bob was a man of true integrity and honor.  It was a pleasure to know and work with Bob.  I loved his passion for libraries.  He is very much missed today.  He leaves a wonderful legacy, and one that we should strive to attain.”

Iris L. Hanney, president of the grant’s board of directors and founder of Unlimited Priorities Corporation, reacted to these latest gifts: “Donations from individuals such as these really reflect Bob Asleson’s influence and personal friendships throughout the information industry.  We look forward to many more donations in this vein which, with the additional larger corporate gifts, will allow us to continue to award these grants for many years to come.”

Complete details regarding the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant, including donation information, are available at


For additional information contact:

Iris L. Hanney, Chairman of the Board

Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant