Library Support Staff Scholarships

Library Support Staff Scholarships provide opportunities for academic and research library support staff to expand their professional horizons and to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience.

Scholarship Deadlines

October 23, 2020
Scholarship applications due

January 2021
Applicants are notified

  • Enhance support staff members’ abilities to provide excellent services to constituent groups
  • Provide library support staff with an active, positive interaction with ACRL
  • Increase participation of library support staff in ACRL professional development activities
  • Increase ACRL’s efforts toward being a more inclusive organization

12 scholarships will be awarded.

  • 6 will consist of complimentary registration (a $390 value) and a travel stipend of $350 to attend the ACRL 2021 conference, April 14-17, 2021 in Seattle, WA. The total value of each scholarship is $740.
  • 6 will consist of complimentary registration (a $390 value) to attend the ACRL 2021 conference, April 14-17, 2021 in Seattle, WA. The total value of each scholarship is $390.

Scholarship applicants must be:

  • Currently employed in a library (excluding work study or student employment)
  • Recommended by their library dean, director, or supervisor

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 form (not to exceed 300 words).
  • Complete the online scholarship application (available May 2020). The application includes a brief description of the applicant’s job responsibilities as well as a description of how attending the ACRL conference will support their long-term goals (not to exceed 300 words).

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 positions serving under-represented groups
  • Applicants who are ALA or ACRL members
  • Applicants who have not previously been awarded an ACRL scholarship
  • Applicants employed at community or technical colleges

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 in mid-December, 2020. Applicants should not register for the ACRL 2021 conference until notified of their status to avoid the need for refunds. The discounted early-bird registration rate will be available until February, 2021 for those that may not receive a scholarship, but still plan to attend.

For questions contact Chase Ollis, ACRL Program Officer.

“Attending ACRL opened my eyes to the current environment in the library and how I can advocate for our profession and our rights.”

Rhia Rae, ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Recipient

Digital Archivist, Florida International University