Apply by November 30: APA Librarian Travel Award for Spring 2018 Conferences

There’s still time to apply for the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award for spring 2018 conferences!

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 between January and April 2018, we encourage you to submit your application. This award cycle closes on November 30.

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. Three cash awards are 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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APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Apply by Nov. 30 for Spring 2018 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, 2017, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from January to April 2018. 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. Three cash awards are 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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APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Reflections on ALA 2017

The most recent recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award, Rachael Elrod from the University of Florida, used the award to defray the cost of attendance at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in June. Patti Avellanet in APA’s Databases & Electronic Resources Customer Relations group recently talked with her to get her impressions of the conference. The following transcript of their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and context.

Photo of Rachael Elrod presenting her research at ALAPatti: Welcome back from ALA! Was the conference as valuable as you had hoped?

Rachael: And how! I gave my first national conference presentation at the LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table) preconference event on Friday. The presentation introduced attendees to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant project I am working on called “Researching Students’ Information Choices” that aims to understand how students from grade 4 through graduate school assign credibility to online resources and how they identify those resources. Participants in the study are presented with a STEM-related research prompt and a simulated Google results list, and then answered questions about whether they would find the resource helpful, whether they would cite the resource, how credible they think it is, and what type of resource it is (i.e. a book, a journal, a blog, etc.). Later during the conference, I was also happy to be able to meet with an IMLS staff member to share updates on the grant’s progress. If you want to find out more about the grant, see our LibGuide at http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/RSIC.

Patti: Your first presentation to a national audience — that sounds exciting!

Rachael: It definitely was! This research takes on a critical role in the literature in the face of current emphasis on fake news and how to determine what one is looking at in an online environment. Unfortunately, the grant specifically does not support funding to present at ALA. I have never had the chance to present at ALA before and was excited about this opportunity.

Patti: I’m glad that we were able to help you cover that gap in the cost of attending so that you could present your grant project’s research. Were there any specific events or groups that you found particularly beneficial?

Rachael: The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) events! This was my first year serving as Chair of the EBSS Reference Sources and Services Committee, and my first time at ALA where I was Chair of an EBSS Committee. I was able to meet two of the committee members face-to-face for the first time. We were able to begin planning a project for the coming year for the committee that we hope will help us understand how education faculty and students use resources — and hopefully lead to a publication! It’s very exciting to be a part of something like this.

Patti: I remember that one of your objectives for attending ALA was to continue strengthening your professional network in specific ways, and it’s clear that you enjoyed some unique opportunities to do that. Are there any other takeaways that you can immediately put to good use?

Rachael: I got to meet informally with so many other librarians. I actually met someone while on the escalator who was very interested in the IMLS study — he remembered me from the presentation and waved me down later on to chat! We talked about his research project on studying the citations of undergraduate students, which could be important for my team’s grant. Based on what they are finding, they are learning what students find trustworthy enough to cite.

In addition to presenting my research, the other primary reason I wanted to attend ALA is that my library is preparing to undergo a major $3 million renovation next year. I’d hoped to be able to meet other librarians as well as vendors who can assist me in everything from planning, procedures, policies, assessment, user satisfaction, finding furniture, and so much more.

Patti: I love the escalator story! You never know when and where you might meet someone who is interested in your work. It sounds like this was a terrific conference experience for you, and I’m getting the sense that you would recommend attending ALA to other librarians.

Rachael: Absolutely! There is something here for everyone, whether you are new to the field or a seasoned veteran. Whether you are a school librarian, academic librarian, or public librarian. It’s a place for everyone to come together and learn, share, and fellowship with one another.

This travel award enabled me to connect with others engaged in similar research, as well as people who have valuable insights into successfully planning an amazing library renovation. It was terrific to be able to attend this important conference without breaking the bank as I continue working towards earning my doctorate and becoming an academic library leader.

Patti: I’m glad to hear you enjoyed such a great experience at ALA, and that APA played a part in helping you to achieve that. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today.

Would you or a librarian you know benefit from receiving an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award? Now through November 30, 2017, the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from January – April 2018. Please visit the website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials.

Apply by 7/31 – APA Librarian Conference Travel Award for Fall 2017 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 July 31, 2017, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from September – December 2017. This includes – but is not limited to – the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, the Charleston Library Conference, and Internet Librarian International.

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards are 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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From the Deck of . . . the MLA ’17 Sunrise Seminar

Welcome to “From the Deck of . . .” an irregular series in which we highlight search demos and other information from the slide decks we create for our live training sessions. You can view and download these materials from our SlideShare account.

At the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting last month, we presented a Sunrise Seminar training session. The session included a review of the fields and features added to PsycINFO® in August 2016, and incorporated an explanation of how and why you might use the Medical Subject Headings, or MeSH terms, that have been added to PsycINFO. This demo was originally developed for our presentation earlier this year at the Association for College & Research Libraries Conference, and was recapped in a blog post in early April.

We also demonstrated how how a student would use the APA Style CENTRAL® Writing Center to write a paper. The slides from the session include plenty of screenshots, but you can see the process in action by viewing the recording of our webinar, Writing Papers in APA Style CENTRAL. The entire session is under 30 minutes, but you can skip straight to the demo using this link.

Screenshot of the APA Style CENTRAL Writing Center with a paper in progress

You can review the slides from our MLA 2017 Sunrise Seminar on our SlideShare account. In addition to the sections described here, you’ll also find some sample search scenarios for PsycTESTS®.