For immediate release | March 3, 2016

Fifty receive fellowships from IMLS Grant to attend IFLA Congress in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 13–19

CHICAGO – The American Library Association has awarded 50 $1,000 scholarships to help a diverse group of librarians, library staff and library students from the United States attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 13–19, 2016. These Fellowships will help create the next generation of participants and leaders on the global stage from the United States.

The Fellowships are provided through a $50,000 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Laura Bush Program grants support the recruiting and educating of library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research and new programs that build institutional capacity. The Fellows work and study in 27 states; are employed in a variety of venues, including public, academic, school, law, medical and government libraries; and represent the diversity in the community and country. The fellowships will help cover costs related to travel, hotel, meals and registration.

The IMLS grant (number RE-00-15-0108-15) is part of a larger scholarship program led by the IFLA 2016 National Committee. Over 100 library associations, libraries, and library foundations have contributed an additional $370,000. With the additional support, the National Committee has awarded 73 full scholarships to librarians from around the world, primarily from developing countries, as well as 70 additional $1,000 scholarships for North American librarians beyond those funded by the IMLS grant.

For a list of Fellows.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. To learn more, visit and follow ALA on Facebook and Twitter.

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Michael Dowling


International Relations Office