Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and ALA open applications for new graphic novel grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation opened applications today for the new Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. The collaboration extends graphic novels into a new realm by encouraging public awareness about the rise and importance of graphic literature and honoring the creative excellence of Will Eisner. In a career that spanned nearly eight decades — from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics.

ALA-APA announces course subsidy awards for LSSC Candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Profession Association (ALA-APA) announced today that the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering $200 subsidies to 90 candidates to complete LSSC approved courses.  If the cost of the course is less than $200, the subsidy will cover the cost of the entire course minus materials such as books, etc.  LSSC is a national, voluntary certification program administered by the ALA-APA.

Nominations sought for Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund, sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science.  An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The nominee must have been an ALA member for one full year.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2014.

Only two weeks left to nominate an individual or library for one of nine PLA awards

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) award nomination deadline is Dec. 2, 2013. There are nine awards/grants to choose from that highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium provided through the generosity of our sponsors. Please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your  colleague or library.

The awards include:

Applications for Academic Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends of the Library group, or an academic library staff member who works in development, to attend the ALA Annual Conference. A grant of $850, plus full Annual Conference registration, will be awarded to the recipient.

Natalie Ziarnik receives 2014 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2014 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Natalie Ziarnik.

Applications open for 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Ten Spectrum Scholars receive PLA Conference Travel Grant

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded 10 2014 Spectrum Scholar/PLA Conference Travel Grants to Spectrum Scholars LaToya Devezin, Claudia Flores, Gloria Jertberg, William Langston, Sarah Hashemi Scott, Eimmy Solis, Victoria Thomas, Jade Valenzuela, Marco Veyna-Reyes and Sophie Young.

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant - proposals due by Jan. 8

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

Loleta D. Fyan 2014 Grant - proposals due by Dec. 20

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship".

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project(s) criteria:

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