Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

New Mexico receives AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant to extend professional development to isolated school librarians

CHICAGO – The Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group in New Mexico (ASL-SIG) is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to AASL affiliated school library associations for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional or local levels.

Clarice Marchena receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant to implement enrichment book club program

CHICAGO — Clarice Marchena, school librarian at Dos Puentes Elementary School, in Manhattan, New York, is the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Arlen Kimmelman to build agents of change with inaugural Ruth Toor Grant

CHICAGO – Arlen Kimmelman, school librarian at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, N.J., is the recipient of the inaugural Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides funding for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions the school library as a necessary resource in the community.

Murphy and Hart win United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2015 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Heather Murphy, associate director of advancement for publications and public affairs for the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Molly Hart, student engagement assistant at the Columbia College Library in Chicago.

Murphy and Hart will each receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. A formal presentation to the grant winners will be made at the conference.

Schools, Internship Center selected to receive 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO – Noble Elementary-Middle School in Detroit, Minnesota Internship Center in Minneapolis and Townson School in Rochester, New York have been selected to receive the 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Donation 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.”