Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

2023 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant winner announced

The “Capacity Building for LIS Professionals in Cambodia and Maldives through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) project is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant. 

Travel Grants Available for First-Time AASL National Conference Attendees

CHICAGO — Thirty travel grants are available to school library professionals wishing to attend the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference for the first time. The $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can access the application at  The deadline for applications is April 24, 2023. Late applications will not be considered.

Charlotte Chung receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

CHICAGO – Charlotte Chung, media specialist at Suncrest Elementary School in Morgantown, West Virginia, is the recipient of the 2023 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. 

South Carolina Association of School Librarians Awarded AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant

CHICAGO – The South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) is the recipient of the 2023 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,750 grant is given to an AASL Chapter for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local level.

LearnRT Pat Carterette travel grant application has been extended to March 31, 2023

CHICAGO - The ALA Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to participate in continuing education event(s) between September 1, 2023 and August 31, 2024. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, list serve, etc.).  This opportunity is open to everyone. You do not have to be an ALA member to apply.

Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table introduces Comics Librarian Conference Travel Grant with funding from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment

The American Library Association (ALA) Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is excited to introduce a new grant opportunity intended to support the professional development of library workers interested in expanding their knowledge and experience with comics in libraries. By providing funds to attend the upcoming 2023 ALA Annual Conference, GNCRT seeks to recognize the value and expertise of comics librarianship and provide resources for newer library professionals with limited financial support.

AASL Opens STEM Inspire Special Event Grant Application

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) STEM Inspire Special Event Grants, made possible through the generous support of the Danaher Foundation, will offer $48,000 in STEM Grant support to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would engage students to promote STEM education and promote student interest in a career in the STEM field.  Direct assistance is capped at $3,000 per grant.

AASL introduces the Toor Scholarship for Strong Public-School Libraries

CHICAGO — The Toor Family, in honor of their parents, Jay and Ruth Toor, have established the Toor Scholarships for Strong Public-School Libraries.  As strong school library advocates throughout their life, Jay & Ruth supported the need for state-certified public-school librarians in every school for all learners.

Games and Gaming Round Table accepting applications for 2023 'Game On!' Grant

CHICAGO — The Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is proud to sponsor its annual grant program to enable libraries to develop gaming programs or collections for their patrons. Through the “Game On!” grants, $500.00 will be available to be awarded to assist a library or libraries in developing gaming programs or collections for their communities.

Karleen Delaurier-Lyle Named a 2023 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Karleen Delaurier-Lyle has been selected as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). Delaurier-Lyle serves as the Information Services Librarian at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus where she focuses on indigenous librarianship, library instruction, reference services, and critical indigenous literacy.