Professional development scholarship available
For Immediate Release
Danielle M. Alderson
Manager for the Round Tables
CHICAGO — The ALA Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. 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.
Applicants must respond to the questionnaire by Feb. 15, 2019, at 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 (reimbursement 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 2019.
In the words of a previous recipient, Sara White, youth services senior librarian at Seminole County Public Library, "The Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant is enabling me to attend possibly the only conference out there specifically tailored to library leadership in youth services. Because of this grant, I will have the opportunity to develop my skills in a variety of areas crucial to my fairly new position: strategic long-range planning of youth programs, maximizing the potential and effectiveness of the Youth Services meetings I lead, creating professional development programs for librarians providing story times, and change management in Youth Services. This conference is not only going to lay a foundation for my own professional growth; it will help me grow the reach of my library’s Youth Services department."