Apply for the Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/14/2018


Elizabeth Serrano

Membership Marketing Specialist



The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC recently announced a scholarship opportunity for the 2018 ALSC National Institute. The Institute will be held in Cincinnati, OH from September 27-29, 2018.

In efforts to support ALSC’s goal of continuing education for children’s librarians, and to show ALSC’s dedication to equity and diversity, the Friends of ALSC are now offering three scholarships to the ALSC National Institute. The scholarships will include Institute registration (at the early bird rate) and a $1,000 travel stipend to cover airfare and hotel lodging. In the past, the Friends of ALSC only supported two scholarships. We have opened a third of the same amount to a North Carolina member who identifies as a member of the LGBTQAI+ community. ALSC hopes that this additional scholarship will continue to support the LGBTQAI+ community in North Carolina following the cancellation of the 2016 National Institute due to the state’s discriminatory legislation. Scholarship recipients must also all be ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting.

The ALSC National Institute, devoted solely to children’s and youth library services, offers a small, intimate setting for participating in programming and getting to know colleagues.  Programs will delve into some of the most important topics in library service to children such as using local partnerships to improve programming, building support and advocating for your library, and how to incorporate diverse books in library programming.  Participants are sure to go home feeling reinvigorated about the profession and more connected to others in the field.

The online application must be submitted before midnight on May 9, 2018. Prior to submitting the application, seek permission from current supervisor for time off to attend the Institute. Winners will be notified in early June. For more information on the Institute scholarship including requirements and a link to the application form, please see the ALSC National Institute site.

The Friends of ALSC was created to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. For more information on joining the Friends of ALSC, please visit: