NMRT Professional Development Grant

About the NMRT Professional Development Grant
The purpose of the NMRT Professional Development Grant (previously sponsored by Mango Languages) is to encourage professional development and participation by new ALA members in national ALA and NMRT activities.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

The NMRT Professional Development Grant will help finance attendance at the ALA Annual Conference.  The $1000 award covers limited fees related to  airfare, lodging, and conference registration.
In 2021, six NMRT Professional Development Grants will be provided to cover the registration cost of the 2021 ALA Annual Virtual Conference.


This award is given out on an annual basis.


Applicants must be personal ALA/NMRT members.

Applicant Responsibility

All recipients will be asked to sign an acceptance statement agreeing to the following:

  1. Recipient will confirm in writing with the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee that he or she will be able to attend the ALA Annual Conference.
  2. Recipient will agree to attend certain conference-related functions as requested in advance by the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee.
  3. If the recipient is unable to complete the terms of this grant, he or she must notify the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee and return any funds received under the grant.

Application Instructions


Contact Information

Kimberly L. Redd (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2026) - klredd@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-4279
Fax: (312) 280-3256
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7616

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Selection Criteria

The selection of grant recipients rest solely with the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, which is composed of NMRT members.

The committee will consider the following in its deliberations:

  • The applicant's ability or initiative to attend future national conferences if finances are provided this year.
  • How the applicant intends to use the ALA conference experience at his/her home institution and local, state and regional associations.
  • The applicant's current involvement at local, state and regional associations.
  • The impact of winning the grant on the applicant's current position and future career options.
  • Potential contributions the applicant will make to ALA and NMRT.
  • The committee also considers the applicant's overall presentation.
  • The committee does not consider geographic location, age, sex, religion, race or national origin. Please do not hesitate to apply for the grant because you feel you have not done enough as a member of NMRT. We are interested in potential and the ability and willingness to make future contributions. This is a professional development grant.


Questions regarding the application for the NMRT Professional Development Grant may be directed to:

Annice Sevett, NMRT Leadership Development Director


All applicants will be notified of the committee's decision the week of April 12, 2022.