APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Apply by 11-30 for Spring 2020 Conferences

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this spring?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Through November 30, 2019, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from January to April 2020. This includes – but is not limited to – the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, ALA Midwinter, Electronic Resources & Libraries, Code4Lib, the Distance Library Services Conference, and the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience.

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS or MLIS. One cash award is distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

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Apply by August 2: APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend in late spring or summer?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award. There’s still plenty of time to get your application package together!

This program has three annual rolling deadlines, and the next one is August 2, 2019 (extended from July 31). Submit your application for a conference taking place from September through December 2019. This includes – but is not limited to – the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, the Charleston Library Conference, the Internet Librarian International Conference, and the Library Marketing & Communications Conference.

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS/MLIS. One cash award is distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs, and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

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HyunSeung Koh Receives a 2019 APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

We are pleased to announce that HyunSeung Koh, Assessment Librarian and Assistant Professor at the the University of Northern Iowa, recently received the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award. Ms. Koh will use the award to attend the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries in Aberystwyth, Wales in July.

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The award committee commended Ms. Koh’s involvement in her research team’s development of a unique research agenda – the first year experience (FYE) of international students, an important and timely topic. Furthermore, Ms. Koh will be presenting this research project at an international conference, an achievement which the committee considered to be exceptional given its occurrence so early in her career.

Thank you to all who took time to apply – librarians working in a wide variety of institutions and positions. The applicant pool is always strong, and the committee encourages previous applicants to apply again when they are next in need of conference funding.

Now through July 31, 2019, the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from September to December 2019. Please visit our website for details on eligibility, deadlines, and required application materials.

APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Reflections from the Fall 2018 Recipient on the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Sigrid Brudie, MLIS of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) received the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award in the fall of 2018. She used the award to defray the cost of attendance at the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s (PNC/MLA) annual conference in Spokane, Washington in October. As one of only a handful of medical librarians in Alaska, APA was pleased to help Sigrid pursue this especially valuable opportunity for professional development, networking, and serving the field of librarianship.

Patti Avellanet of the Customer Engagement team for APA’s Databases & Electronic Resources recently talked with Sigrid to get her impressions of the conference. The following transcript of their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and context.

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There’s still time to apply for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! (November 30)

If you’re an early- or mid-career librarian working in a U.S. academic or health sciences library — and still looking for funding sources to attend a valuable conference next spring — we encourage you to submit an application for the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award!

Through November 30, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from January to April. This includes – but is not limited to – the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, ALA Midwinter, Electronic Resources & Libraries, Code4Lib, and the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience. The award recipient will be selected in early to mid-January.

This award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS or MLIS. One cash award is distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs, and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

Please see the website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials. Applicants should note that the essay is the heart of the application and make a compelling case for attending the conference selected. The essay should describe what the applicant expects to learn, and how this knowledge will impact the work the applicant does with, or on behalf of, students, faculty, and other constituents.

Questions about the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award should be directed to librariantravel@apa.org. Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with any colleagues and friends who may be eligible!