For immediate release | October 3, 2017

ALA, EBSCO provide opportunity for five librarians to attend ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — October 3, 2017 — Submissions are open for the 2018 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting being held in Denver, Feb. 9-16.

The five scholarships will be awarded to librarians responding to the essay question:

Libraries have always identified with the mission of serving the needs of researchers and patrons but in a world where libraries may be underappreciated, how do you advocate for libraries and how do you think libraries can better advocate for themselves within their communities or institutions?

An ALA-designated jury selects the winners based on their 250-word responses. Winners, jury members and ALA representatives are invited to a Scholarship Winners Breakfast that EBSCO hosts during the conference.

Julius C. Jefferson Jr, past EBSCO jury chair and ALA Executive Board member notes that, “EBSCO has been a great partner and supporter of one of ALA’s strategic directions: encouraging professional development. The scholarship will provide selected ALA members the funds necessary to further that objective allowing member to strengthen their professional skill sets through both content and networking opportunities. In a time of tight budgets and competing priorities, the EBSCO scholarship will provide those selected recipients opportunities to experience one of the most exciting and engaging library conferences for sharing ideas and best practices in the world”

The scholarships are given annually to allow more librarians access to the professional development and networking opportunities that the conference offers.

Submissions are due November 6, 2017. Information about how to submit essays is available at:

About ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 57,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society:

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer

American Library Association