NEXT Library® Emerging Leader Travel Fellowship

NEXT Library® Emerging Leader Travel Fellowship-Berlin Conference Sept. 2018

Six emerging leaders in U.S. public libraries will be selected and given travel awards by the Central and Regional Library of Berlin to attend the Next Library® Conference, September 12-15, 2018, under federal grant no. SGE-210-17-GR-0148 provided by the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassy in Berlin. 

Fellows will receive travel grants to cover conference registration, roundtrip economy airfare, hotel accommodation for 4 nights (between 11 September and 15 September), and per diem in connection with hotel nights.

The American Library Association’s Europe Committee and members of the Next Library® Advisory Board are assisting the Central and Regional Library of Berlin in selecting the 2018 US Public Library fellows.

Applicants need to be nominated by the director, or other supervisory manager at the library and/or a past attendee of the NEXT Library® Conference. Nominators must to fill out the application with support from the fellow.

In addition to the application here, nominators/nominees are encouraged to send an up to two-page maximum bio or resume of the nominee to Nick Sweig at after completing the application. 

Nominees must be currently working at a U.S. public library and have served ten years or less in the profession. Ideal candidates will have direct responsibility or oversite in services delivery, design, and implementation; have demonstrated leadership and an entrepreneurial mindset; have taken risks and weathered challenges, even failure; and those that demonstrate a deep commitment to the future of the field.  Nominees are preferred to have an MLIS but it is not required.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 19, 2018.

Notifications will be made mid-February.


Questions about the fellowship should also be addressed to