The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) seeks to provide opportunities for students and new librarians to grow professionally and encourage participation towards a career in academic libraries. ALAO also recognizes the need to spotlight current research, particularly if the research is in new and emerging fields and technologies. To that end, the ALAO Executive Board may award up to $150 annually to a student to present at the ALAO Annual Conference. Grant monies are intended to assist with the costs incurred in preparing the presentation and modest travel costs associated with the presentation. An ALAO Executive Board member or volunteer from the membership will be assigned to mentor with the recipient on preparing the program, highlight membership benefits and facilitate networking opportunities at the conference.
The Student Presenter Grant is awarded to one program, either a presentation or poster session at the ALAO Annual Conference. If more than one student presenter is involved in a program, the grant is awarded to the program. Disbursement of grant monies amongst the student presenters is at the discretion of the eligible parties. Grant monies may be applied to registration, travel, hotel, and supplies. If grant monies have been dispersed and grant recipient fails to present at the conference, the full amount of the grant check must be returned to ALAO.
Students currently enrolled in an eligible Library and Information Science (LIS) program or recent graduate (within one year) from an eligible LIS program, which have submitted a program proposal approved by the Conference Planning Committee for inclusion in the Annual Conference program are eligible to apply for the Student Presenter Grant. Applicants may be full or part-time students who have expressed a career interest in academic librarianship. Completed applications include completed application form, program proposal submission, and an essay of 250 words or less describing how attending and presenting at the ALAO Conference will benefit the applicant in their future academic library career. ALAO membership is not required.