APA Announces Next Recipient of the Librarian Conference Travel Award

We are pleased to announce that Callie Wiygul Branstiter, Social Work Librarian at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA, is the latest recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award. Callie will use the funds to defray the cost of attendance at the American Library Association Annual Conference this June.

Callie has been at USC for just over a year, where she has collaborated with faculty and students in a variety of courses, from undergraduate general education seminars to graduate research methods courses. She regularly designs, assesses, and modifies instructional programs and tutorials, and resources for social work graduate students. Her accomplishments include working with the curriculum chair of a new foundation-year course to develop student learning outcomes and course-integrated tutorials, and implementing both formative and formal needs assessments to cultivate effective library interventions for these students. She will present her research on conducting effective needs assessments for social work graduate students in on-campus and distance programs at the Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee Poster Forum during the American Library Association Annual Conference.

The committee would like to thank all those who took time to apply – we were inundated with applications from librarians in a wide variety of institutions and positions.

Now through July 31, 2016, APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from September to December 2016. Please see the website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials.

Travel Award Accepting Applications Through July 31

Now through July 31, 2016, APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from September to December 2016.

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. Continue reading

Announcing the First Recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

Jahala SimuelWe are pleased to announce that Jahala Simuel, Reference Librarian at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, is the first recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Jahala will use the funds to defray the cost of attendance at Electronic Resources & Libraries 2016 this April.

Jahala has been at Shaw University since 2004. As a solo librarian, she has taken on a wide variety of tasks and projects. Most recently, Jahala took on the responsibility for electronic resources, a complex role made all the more challenging by the fact that no training was available, and no processes were in place. It is Jahala’s hope – and APA’s – that the sessions offered at ER&L will prove valuable as she builds these skills.

The committee would like to thank all those who took the time to apply. Choosing a recipient was difficult – we received several strong applications. We encourage all those who are thinking of applying to do so, and to use the essay portion of the application to make a compelling case as to why attending the conference you’ve chosen will be of benefit not just to you, but the students, faculty, and researchers you support.

Now through March 31, we are accepting applications for attendance at conferences taking place from May to August 2016. For more information and to apply, please see the award website.

Travel Award Accepting Applications Through March 31

Now through March 31, 2016, APA Librarian Conference Travel Award will be accepting applications for conferences taking place from May to August 2016.

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.

Please see the website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials. 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 colleagues and friends who may be eligible!

Conference Travel Awards for Librarians

By now you’ve read about Helen Hough, the recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Coming up on the 10th year of this award, we took stock of the program and decided it was a good time to refocus our efforts. As a result, the 2015 award will mark the end of the Excellence in Librarianship award program, and we’ve been working to establish a new program that will enable APA to affect your professional development in a totally new way.

The APA Library Conference Travel Award will support early and mid-career librarians who are seeking to attend select library conferences in order to grow as professionals. For most conferences, preference will be given to those whose regular job responsibilities include working closely with students, faculty, clinicians and researchers in the behavioral sciences. Application criteria and deadlines will be available in the coming weeks.

Recipients of the APA Award for Excellence in Librarianship
2007: Mark Stover
2008: Anne Wade, MLIS
2009: Marietta Plank, MLS
2010: Brian Quinn, MS
2011: David Baker, MED, PhD
2012: Alice Brand Bartlett, MLS, PhD
2013: Stuart Moss, MLS
2014: Fred Lerner, DLS
2015: Helen Hough, MLS