Early-career Librarian Scholarships


To provide opportunities for librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience.


  • Enhance librarians' ability to provide excellent services to constituent groups
  • Increase participation of entry-level and minority librarians in ACRL professional development activities
  • Increase ACRL's efforts toward being a more inclusive organization
  • Provide members with an active, positive interaction with ACRL that will strengthen membership retention


One hundred twenty scholarships will be awarded. Each will include complimentary registration (a $385 value), and $250 stipend to attend the ACRL 2015 conference, March 25 - 28, 2015 in Portland, OR. The total value of each scholarship is $635.

Eligibility Criteria

Scholarship applicants must be:

  • ACRL members with less than six years of post-MLS professional library experience in a librarian role (excluding work study or student work)
  • Currently employed in a library; preference will be given to applicants employed in an academic or research library
  • Recommended by the their dean, director, or immediate supervisor

Application Process

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Obtain a recommendation from their dean/director/supervisor in electronic form that can be cut and pasted into the application (not to exceed 300 words).
  • Complete the online Early-career Librarian Scholarship Application. The application includes a brief description of the applicant's employment history as well as a description of how attendance at the ACRL conference will support their long-term goals (not to exceed 300 words).

NOTE: Only electronic submissions via the Librarian Scholarship Application will be considered. The form does not allow submissions to be saved and resumed. Prepare your answers and have your recommendation obtained before starting the online application. Please double-check all your answers before pushing the ‘submit’ button.

Deadline for Submission

The application deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Central).

Selection Criteria

The award committee consists of members of the ACRL Conference Scholarship Committee. The committee will score applications based on the following:

  • Responses to open-ended questions
  • Dean/director/supervisor recommendation

In awarding the scholarships, preference will be given to:

  • Applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds
  • Applicants employed at institutions or in a position to serve, under-represented groups
  • Applicants employed in an academic or research library
  • Applicants who have not previously been awarded an ACRL scholarship

The committee will strive to achieve diversity and balance among scholarship recipients and will also take into account financial need and geographical location of the applicant.

Selection Notification

Scholarship applicants will be notified via e-mail by February 2, 2015. Applicants should not register for the ACRL 2015 conference until notified of their status to avoid the need for refunds. The discounted early-bird registration rate will be available until February 13, 2015 for those that may not receive a scholarship, but still want to attend.

For questions contact Tory Ondrla, ACRL Conference Supervisor at tondrla@ala.org.