Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stipend Alerts!

Each year, the Special Library Association hosts its annual conference in a dynamic city somewhere in North America. This year the conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 12-15. The SLA offers great rates for student members (only $175!) and the conferences are known to be not only an amazing networking opportunity and learning experience, but also a really fun time!

There are several awards and stipends made available to students each year to assist them with the cost of the conference, as well as travel and accommodations. We have two such stipends to bring to your attention:


The S. Kirk Cabeen Travel Stipend Award is offered to a library school student or first time conference attendee. This $750 award is to be used toward expenses of attending the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. USA, June 12-15, 2011.

Be a library school student or first time attendee; be a current member of SLA, preference going to Science-Technology Division members; if NOT a student, then must be attending his or her first SLA conference;

Self-nominations are encouraged. 

Send a typed and signed document including complete title, Library School and anticipated graduation date, employer, and all professional and personal contact information.

All nominations must also include the following:

A short essay (500 words or less) on the theme of the 2011 Annual Conference: “Future Ready” The essay should be double-spaced. Neatness, spelling and grammar will count in judging. Supporting documentation must include a current curriculum vita OR resume for the candidate, significant publications, supporting letters, etc.

Applications should also mention if you are currently applying for other SLA division awards.


Nominations and all accompanying materials should be sent to Sheila Rosenthal, Chair of the Sci-Tech Division Awards Committee, at the following email address:

1. Recipient (s) will write a brief article (approximately 1,000 words) on the conference experience for the November 2011 Sci-Tech News.
2. Recipient (s) will be asked to serve on the Science-Technology Division Awards Committee in the following year to provide for the continuity and enthusiasm of the awards.

1. Applicants will receive notification of award status by mid March 2011. The award checks will be sent to the recipient as soon as the receipts are received by the Awards Chairperson.

2. The recipients’ names will be posted to the Science-Technology Division’s Web site

3. The award will be announced and presented to the recipient at the Science-Technology Division’s Annual Business


Thinking about attending the SLA conference and wondering how you can do it?

The Business & Finance Division of SLA is offering student stipend awards and professional grants to help cover expenses at the 2011 SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia PA, June 12-15 2011. The Division will award student stipends and professional grants for a total of up to six $1,500 awards.

For information about this award go to:

Attending the annual conference would be an amazing experience for any budding information professional - be sure to apply for these grants!