Nominations sought for 2006 Sage Library Support Staff Travel Grants

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS

For Immediate Release

September 6, 2005

Nominations sought for 2006 Sage Library Support Staff Travel Grants

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the 2006 Sage Library Support Staff Travel Grants. Underwritten by a generous contribution from Sage Publications, the Library Support Staff Travel Grants (six to be awarded) make it possible for library support staff to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference to be held in New Orleans, June 2006.

The travel grants cover the expense of attending the conference, including airfare, three nights lodging, and conference registration, up to $1,000 for each recipient.

Library Support Staff who currently are employed in a full time support staff position,

have a minimum of three years of experience in an area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development/management, preservation of library materials, serials), and have not previously attended at an ALA annual conference are eligible for the grants.

Successful candidates will be required to submit a brief report describing their experiences at the annual conference. This report will be published in the post-conference issue of the
ALCTS Newsletter Online and also will be shared with the sponsor.

The ALCTS Membership Committee will provide mentoring for each recipient.

To apply, send a letter, brief resume and a short statement (ca. 250 words) outlining why attending the 2006 ALA Annual Conference would be beneficial, to: Harriet Lightman, chair, Sage Jury,

A letter of support from the applicant's supervisor, indicating the employer's support for the application also is required.

The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is December 1, 2005. The ALCTS office coordinate travel arrangements and registration. For additional information on the grants, visit the ALCTS Web site at