Professional Development Committee
Continuing Education Grant
The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant is awarded each year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars., which are related to the member’s current position or in pursuit of a professional library degree. Current ALAO members are eligible to apply for funds to defray the costs of attending any library-related educational opportunity occurring during the calendar year. Applicants may not have received this grant in the previous three award cycles. The call for grant applications is to be publicized in the December issue of the ALAO newsletter, the web site and other appropriate online media. The application deadline is mid-January.
The ALAO Professional Development Committee (PDC) will select the application that best explains how the grant will further the applicant’s professional development, the extent of financial support for the applicant from their employer (if any), and completeness of application. Preference will be given to Ohio residents or employees of Ohio libraries. The award amount may change year to year but is typically $2,600. These funds may be awarded to one individual or divided among two or more top-ranked applicants. The PDC will take into consideration the amount of funding the applicant’s employer will provide for the request, as well as what the employer provided during the past fiscal year. After selecting the grant winner(s), the committee may choose to select an applicant to receive an Honorable Mention Award, which will range between $100-$200 if awarded. Recipients of Honorable Mention Awards are eligible to apply again the next award cycle.
Recipients may use the grants to attend any library-related event or educational opportunity. If the event costs less than the amount of the grant, ALAO will not provide the excess money to the recipient. If the amount of the grant awarded is less than the cost of the event, the recipient is responsible for the balance.
The PDC will notify award recipients and will arrange payment. Within sixty days of the educational event, the recipient must submit a brief report to the PDC confirming proof of attendance.
The PDC will announce the grant winner in the ALAO Newsletter and on the ALAO web site, and the winner will be recognized at the annual conference.