Scholarships Available

$3,000 LEAF-VN Travel Allowance to Train Catalogers for One Week In Vietnam

The Library Education Assistance Foundation for Vietnam (LEAF-VN) will provide an allowance of $3,000 to an expert professional cataloger to travel to Vietnam and conduct a one week training program for the cataloging staff of an academic or public library.

“We are very excited about the new stipend for catalogers,”said Mrs. Lien Huong Fiedler, President of LEAF-VN. “It provides us the opportunity to recognize outstanding cataloging and training skills while providing Vietnamese libraries the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of an outstanding cataloger.” She hopes that if this initial program is successful, LEAF-VN will undertake a series of these training sessions in the coming years.

The Trainer will conduct morning seminars (3 hours in length) for each of the five-workday program. In the afternoon, the Trainer will work with the staff (for 3 hours) in the cataloging department applying the knowledge discussed in the morning session to ensure that the staff have a full understanding of the issues and are able to apply their knowledge accurately.

In preparation for the training, the staff of the cataloging department will provide the Trainer with a list of the specific cataloging rules and issues of greatest concern to them and that can be adequately discussed within the time constraints of the one-week program. In this way, the trainer will prepare a curriculum that meets the specific training needs of the cataloging staff.

The training will be conducted in English with a translator. As such the ability to speak Vietnamese is not a requirement.

LEAF-VN is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Vietnamese people achieve excellence in education by providing assistance in developing the country's library systems and services.

Catalogers interested in applying for the allowance can obtain additional information by contacting Ms Ngoc-My Guidarelli, Training Project Information Officer

Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) Conference Scholarship

OLAC will award one Conference Scholarship that will provide funds for a member of Online Audiovisual Catalogers to attend the OLAC 2012 Conference in Albuquerque, NM, October 18-21, 2012.

Eligibility: Any personal member of OLAC who has never attended an OLAC Conference is eligible for the OLAC Conference Scholarship.

Award Description: The award amount of up to $1,000 will cover reasonable estimated costs for registration for the conference, preconference if desired, lodging, travel, and meals. The scholarship will be distributed after the conference in the form of a reimbursement, so the award recipient should save receipts.

Conditions/Requirements: The recipient must confirm in writing that he or she will attend. The recipient must attend the full conference, including the business meeting where the award will be announced, and the recipient must write a brief report for the OLAC Board indicating what he or she gained and found to be most helpful in his or her work. This report will be published in the OLAC newsletter

Applicants must include a completed application form (below), a current resume, and a cover letter describing why the applicant wishes to attend the Conference, how the receipt/non-receipt of the scholarship will influence his or her ability to attend the conference, and potential applications to his or her present and future job responsibilities.

Application Deadline: The application and supporting materials must be received no later than Friday June 29, 2012. The award will be announced no later than Friday, July 20, 2012.

E-mail your application (see below) and supporting materials to: Ms. Sevim McCutcheon,

The 2012 OLAC Conference Scholarship committee is Christina Hennessey (2010 recipient, Loyola Marymount University), Nerissa Lindsey (2010 recipient, Texas A&M International University) and Sevim McCutcheon (OLAC Past President, Kent State University).

Please email the following information to Sevim McCutcheon, along with a cover letter and resume:

  • Name (First MI Last)
  • Mailing Address
  • Country
  • Daytime telephone
  • Email address
  • Place of employment
  • Position title
  • Personal member of Online Audiovisual Catalogers since
  • Brief description of job responsibilities/related nonprint involvement/experience