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Continuing Education Grant

Professional Development Committee

Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Continuing Education Grant Application
January 1 ‐ December 31, 2021

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.

Eligibility:
  • Applicant must be a current member of ALAO.
  • Applicant may not have received this grant in the previous three award cycles.
  • Funded event must occur between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

Application Deadline: April 25, 2021 11:59 p.m.

Apply Online: ALAO Continuing Education Grant Application


The ALAO Professional Development Committee (PDC) will select the application(s) that best explain how the grant will further the applicant's professional development or career goals, the extent of financial support for the applicant from their employer or other source (if any), intended use of funds, and completeness of application. Please consult the rubric for additional guidance in completing the application. Preference will be given to Ohio residents or employees of Ohio libraries

The award amount may change year to year but is typically $2,500. The amount of money available for the 2021 Continuing Education Grant Program is $2,500. These funds may be awarded to one individual or divided among two or more top-ranked applicants. 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 in the next award cycle. The PDC will notify award recipients by the end of March, 2021. Within thirty days of the educational event, the recipient must submit a brief report to the PDC confirming proof of attendance.

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 call for grant applications will be publicized in the ALAO newsletter, the web site and other appropriate online media. The application deadline is April 25, 2021. The PDC will notify award recipients and will arrange payment. Within thirty 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(s) in the ALAO Newsletter and on the ALAO web site, and the winner(s) will be recognized at the annual conference.

If you have any questions about the Continuing Education Grant, please contact the Professional Development Committee chair, Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros (espinosa@osu.edu).


Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) We Here Event or Course Scholarship

We Here is a “supportive community for BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] library and archive workers”. The group provides a safe community for People of Color to learn, share, and intervene in systems of oppression in the library & archive profession. In addition to providing support, advice, and networking for BIPOC members, We Here offers a number of public-facing projects for BIPOC and non-BIPOC folks alike, including a publishing collective called up//root, a newsletter, online events and recordings, and community school courses taught by members.

The ALAO We Here Event or Course Scholarship allows ALAO members to participate in We Here events and community school courses. Most We Here courses are open to anyone, and any current ALAO member is eligible to apply for funds to defray the costs of attending a We Here event or course.

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a current member of ALAO.
  • Applicant must complete the scholarship form completely
  • ALAO members may only apply for one We Here scholarship per calendar year

Application Deadline: April 25, 2021 11:59 pm (or until funds are depleted)

Please allow 2-3 weeks between your scholarship application and the event for which you would like a scholarship. The scholarship amount will cover event registration costs only. If you have any questions about the We Here Event or Course Scholarship, please contact the ALAO President, Mandi Goodsett, at a.goodsett@csuohio.edu

Apply Online: ALAO Continuing Education Grant Application

updated: 3/01/21

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