Please see the following scholarship opportunity from ALA, to assist with attendance at the 2016 IFLA Congress in Columbus, Ohio.
Dear Lynn Somers,
I’m writing from the ALA International Relations Office to share the news that applications are now being accepted for $1,000 scholarships to attend the 2016 IFLA Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The opportunity is open to U.S. and Canadian professionals in the library and information science sector.
We’ve received far more applications from U.S. librarians thus far, so I’m reaching out to Canadian library associations to try to get out the word.
The deadline is Dec. 31 and the target group is individuals in the early to middle stages of their careers who haven’t attended IFLA. We’re also running a similar program for library and information professionals outside the U.S. and Canada.
Here’s the application form: http://www.ala.org/cfapps/ifla_cfpa/index.cfm?lang=en&location=US
A portion of the press release is copied below. I’d be happy to answer any questions, and will pass along any above my pay grade to IRO director Michael Dowling.
ALA awarded IMLS grant for IFLA 2016 Congress Fellowships
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has been awarded a 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $50,000 grant will be used to provide 50 $1,000 scholarships to help a diverse group of librarians, library staff and library students in the United States attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 13-19, 2016. Laura Bush Program grants support the recruiting and educating of library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research and new programs that build institutional capacity.
Fellowship grants will be provided to individuals in the early or middle stage (20 years or fewer) of their careers who are not already actively engaged in IFLA. The project will help to ensure the next generation of participants and leaders on the global stage from the United States fully represents the diversity in the community and country. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States will be eligible to receive these scholarships. The scholarships will help cover costs related to travel, hotel, meals and registration. Interested parties are invited to apply by the deadline of Dec. 31, 2015.
This grant (IMLS grant number RE-00-15-0108-15) is part of a larger scholarship program led by the IFLA 2016 National Committee to fund at least 50 full scholarships to librarians from around the world, primarily from developing countries, as well as 50 additional $1,000 scholarships for North American librarians beyond those funded by the IMLS grant. Over 90 library associations, libraries, and library foundations have pledged $400,000 to date.
ALA American Library Association
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Fax: +1 312-280-4392
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