Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

NEH grants ALA $350,000 for book clubs for at-risk youth

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted $350,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth.

Applications open for 2015 FTRF Conable Conference Scholarship

CHICAGO — Applications are now open for the 2015 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). The Conable Conference Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the American Library Association's Annual Conference. The 2015 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 25-30 in San Francisco.

REFORMA conference program explores ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grant opportunity

CHICAGO — Attendees at the REFORMA National Conference V will receive information and advice about applying for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a grant opportunity offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA).

Travel grants available for first-time AASL national conference attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at

Chandler named 2015 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO — Katharine C. Chandler, reference librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department, has been selected to receive the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “Whimsical Penwork: The Carthusian Graduals of the Chartreuse de Champmol.”

ALA announces 10 public libraries to offer ‘StoryCorps @ your library’ programs

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, has announced 10 public libraries will participate in the StoryCorps @ your library program.

Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), StoryCorps @ your library will bring StoryCorps’ popular interview methods to libraries while developing a replicable model of oral history programming.

RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section selects achievement award and grant winners

CHICAGO — The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA has selected the winners of the 2015 achievement awards, research and travel grants that recognize the profession’s most exceptional librarians, libraries and projects involving business reference services today.

Rare Shakespeare First Folio to visit all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico in 2016

Washington, D.C. — The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and Cincinnati Museum Center, has announced the tour sites for its 2016 national traveling exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The exhibition will tour the original 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The locations include 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies and a theater.

Arizona, California libraries win 2015 Bookapalooza Program

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2015 Bookapalooza Program to three libraries:  Maricopa Public Library, Maricopa, Arizona; Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library, Lakeside, Arizona; and Monterey County Free Libraries, Marina, California.

First Step Award to Emily Cable

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Emily Cable, serials and e-resource librarian at the Salem Public Library in Salem, Oregon, as the recipient of the 2015 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 27, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exposition in San Francisco.