retention award | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans

ACRL 2011 National Conference Librarian Scholarship, USA

To provide opportunities for librarians with five or fewer years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience.


• Enhance librarians’ ability to provide excellent services to constituent groups
• Increase participation of entry-level and minority librarians in ACRL professional development activities
• Increase ACRL’s efforts toward being a more inclusive organization
• Provide members with an active, positive interaction with ACRL that will strengthen membership retention


Fifty scholarships will be awarded. Each will include complimentary registration (a $375 value), and $250 stipend to attend the ACRL 2011 National Conference, March 30-April 2, 2011 in Philadelphia. The total value of each scholarship is $625.

Eligibility Criteria

Scholarship applicants must be:
• ACRL members with five or fewer years of post-MLS professional library experience
• Currently employed in a library, preference will be given to applicants employed in an academic or research library
• Recommended by the their dean or director.

Application Process

To be considered, applicants must:
1. Obtain a recommendation from their dean/director in electronic form that can be cut and pasted into the application (not to exceed 300 words).
2. Complete the online Librarian Scholarship Application. The application includes a brief description of the applicant’s employment history as well as a description of how attendance at the ACRL National Conference will support their long-term goals (not to exceed 300 words).

NOTE: Only electronic submissions via the Librarian Scholarship Application will be considered. The form does not allow submissions to be saved and resumed. Prepare your answers and have your dean/director’s recommendation obtained before starting the online application. Please double-check all your answers before pushing the ‘submit’ button.

Deadline for Submission

The application deadline is November 9, 2010 (11:59 p.m. Central).