Please see below for information about the award and a short description of the project of a previous recipient, Victoria Volkanova.


If you are a previous recipient and would like to share your project and encourage members to apply, please email Sarah Gladwell, Convenor, APLA Memorial Award Committee.


APLA Memorial Award - Call for Applications


Do you need financial assistance for study or research? The APLA Memorial Trust provides funding for projects that contribute to the development of your career and are of benefit to the library profession, through research, educational opportunity, or other appropriate endeavour. Applicants must be members of APLA. 

Previous applicants and winners are eligible.


To apply, send a letter outlining your proposed project and estimated costs, and a copy of your curriculum vitae. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2020.


The award amount is determined annually by the interest from the Trust. Please consider making a donation to the Trust as a means of assisting the professional development of present and future members and of honouring past members.


For more information about the award, to submit an application, or to make a donation, please contact:

Sarah Gladwell

Convenor, APLA Memorial Award Committee

Saint John Free Public Library

Saint John NB E2L 4Z6

Tel: 506-643-7227

Email: [log in to unmask]



Open Access to Scholarly Communications: a research trip to France

I was awarded the APLA Memorial Award in 2014 to partially fund my research trip and my participation in two international conferences which took place in France in August 2014. My main research interest was to explore the state of the Open Access to scholarly communications in French and francophone universities.

The trip lasted three weeks and consisted of five components:

During my trip, I was able to accomplish the two main goals that I’d set: firstly, the research goal, which included designing and administering a questionnaire on the subject of Scholarly Communications and Open Access in order to broaden our understanding of its different implementations in French-speaking universities, and secondly, the networking goal, which including meeting colleagues from around the world, representing the Université de Moncton during the Congresses and getting involved in the activities and committees in the area of scholarly communication and Open Access.

I was very grateful to have been selected to receive the APLA Memorial Award which contributed significantly to my ability to carry out this exciting project.



Sarah J. Gladwell, MLIS

Community Services Librarian / Bibliothécaire des services communautaires
Bibliothèque publique de Saint John Free Public Library
New Brunswick Public Library Service / Service des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick

Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour / Ministère de l'Éducation postsecondaire, de la Formation du Travail


Phone / Téléphone : 506-643-7227

Fax / Télécopieur : 506-643-7225

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