For immediate release | May 1, 2012

Conference scholarships for JCLC 2012 now available!

CHICAGO — Applications are now open for more than 40 scholarships to attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, September 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo.

A range of scholarships is available to assist with defraying registration and travel costs for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. Special scholarship categories have been created to support members of the five associations of ethnic librarians, ALA members who are first time JCLC attendees, library school students and undergraduate students working in libraries. For more information on available scholarships and to access the online application, please visit:

Applications must be submitted online by midnight Central time on May 27, 2012. Individuals will be notified about their selection on or before June 10, 2012 in advance of the June 13th Early Bird registration cut-off.

JCLC is a conference for everyone! Emmy® winner Sonia Manzano, voted one of the most influential Hispanics by People en Espanol for her work playing Maria on "Sesame Street," will welcome attendees at the opening keynote. Author, director and activist Jamal Joseph will present the closing general session. There will be numerous opportunities to network and socialize, including an opening reception at the beautiful Kansas City Public Library’s central branch.

JCLC provides a unique setting for learning with three pre-conferences and more than 70 concurrent sessions in five tracks—Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration; Collections, Programs and Services; Deep Diversity and Cultural Exchange; Leadership, Management and Organizational Development; and Technology and Innovation.

Author luncheons will allow attendees to get up close and personal with award-winning authors, including David Treuer, Lauren Myracle, Sharon Flake, and Da Chen, and a busy exhibit hall will feature the latest from library vendors and partners.

JCLC is sponsored by the five associations of ethnic librarians—the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Learn more about JCLC by visiting


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Interm Director

Office for Diversity (DIVERSITY)

800-545-2433 ext.5048