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SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grant

Purpose

Library Support Staff Travel Grants (six to be awarded) make it possible for library support staff to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The travel grants cover the expense of attending the conference, including airfare, three nights' lodging, and conference registration; up to $1,000 for each recipient.

The ALCTS Membership Committee will provide mentoring for each recipient. The ALCTS office will coordinate travel arrangements and registration.

Criteria

Applicants must have:
  • a full-time support staff position
  • a minimum of three years of experience in an area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development/management, preservation of library materials, serials)
  • not previously attended an ALA Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting  
Applicants need not be members of ALA or ALCTS in order to be eligible.

Successful candidates will be required to submit a brief report describing their experiences at the Annual Conference. This report will be published in the postconference issue of the ALCTS Newsletter Online and also will be shared with the sponsor.

Application Includes

  • a letter addressing the application criteria
  • brief resume
  • short statement (ca. 250 words) outlining why attending Annual Conference would be beneficial
    Plus
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor and statement indicating the employer’s institutional support for the application also is required.

Applications and the supervisor's letter must be submitted in electronic format, with all parts emailed as Word attachments. Please send all documents to: Donna Cranmer, SAGE Jury, dcranmer@siouxfalls.org

For questions, please contact the Chair of the SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grant Jury.

The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is November 30.

Recipients of the Award

Year Recipients
2007

Monica Claassen-Wilson
Julia Merkel
Audrey Pryce
Nancy Slate
LaShawn Wilson
Siu Min Yu

2006

Donna Hanna, Darlene Hert, Lucretia "Trish" Peletier, Susan Prefontaine, Scott David Reinke, Mary Tilley
Press Release.

2005 Linda Christine Ericson,
Heidi M. Jensen,
Lydia C Williams
FAQ
2008 SAGE
SUPPORT STAFF GRANTS
  1. Do applicants need to be members of ALA and/or ALCTS?
    A: NO
  2. If an applicant has three or more years of technical services experience but is not currently employed in a technical services position in a library, and meets all other criteria, can the individual apply?
    A: YES
  3. What are the selection criteria?
    A: Selection of grant recipients is based on evidence of innovation, creativity, leadership, and significant accomplishments on the job. Consideration may also be given to participation in state and regional library associations.
  4. Where is the conference being held?
    A: The 2008 ALA Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, from June 26-July 2. The grant generally will fund lodging for the three nights of June 27-30 (Friday-Monday).
  5. Who submits the application, the applicant or the nominator?
    A:The applicant submits information to Donna Cranmer directly, who forwards information to the rest of the committee. The supervisor sends a letter of support directly to Donna, who forwards it to the rest of the committee. Email address for submissions: dcranmer@siouxfalls.org.
  6. Can someone who has been to ALA before apply?
    A: NO. If the applicant has attended either the ALA Annual Conference or the ALA Midwinter Meeting as a fully registered participant, he/she cannot apply. Applicants who have visited exhibits with an Exhibits-ONLY badge are welcome to apply.
  7. Can the grant terms be changed so someone who has been to ALA before becomes eligible to apply?
    A: NO. The intention of the grant is to provide exposure to the conference for support staff who have not had the opportunity before.
  8. Can persons from countries other than the United States apply?
    A: YES. However, full funding might not be possible for awardees requiring extensive travel.
  9. Can part-time employees apply?
    A: NO. The applicant must be currently working full-time.
  10. What is the definition of “support staff”?
    A: Support staff hold positions that do not require an MLS or other postgraduate professional degrees (although they will not be disqualified if they have such degrees). Their positions may include some administrative duties, but they are generally not part of upper-level management. In academic institutions granting faculty status to librarians, support staff positions typically do not have such status. Their positions are frequently designated by an employee classification that implies support status, e.g. "staff," "support staff," "library assistant," "paraprofessional."
  11. What should be included in the applicant letter?
    A: This is intended as a letter of interest, or a cover letter. It should be very brief—three or four sentences—and serve to introduce the applicant, state his or her interest in the grant, and summarize in a very few words the candidate's technical services background to confirm that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria. The applicant letter is distinct from the essay, which is also written by the applicant; and the letter of recommendation and support, which is written by the applicant's supervisor.
  12. What should be included in the essay?
    A: The essay should be approximately 250 words. In the essay, the candidate should discuss his/her qualifications and state how attending the ALA Annual Conference would benefit him/her professionally. In the essay, the candidate can elaborate on the summary points made in the cover letter.
  13. What should be included in the supervisor letter of support?
    A: The supervisor should state the reasons why the applicant should be considered for an award, and the extent and nature of the institutional support for the candidate's trip to ALA Annual. The statement of institutional support and the recommendation may be from the same person or from two different people; however the recommendation must come from the applicant's supervisor. 


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Last Revised: January 29, 2010

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Library Support Staff Travel Grants (six to be awarded) make it possible for library support staff to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The travel grants cover the expense of attending the conference, including airfare, three nights' lodging, and conference registration; up to $1,000 for each recipient. The ALCTS Membership Committee will provide mentoring for each recipient. The ALCTS office will coordinate travel arrangements and registration.