ACRL OpenCon 2018 Scholarship Opportunity

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OpenCon 2018 logoJoin the next generation of advocates and scholars to shape the future of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

Are you a librarian who’s passionate about opening up access to educational and scholarly resources? Keen on being part of a community that’s dedicated to and engaged in OA advocacy? Then OpenCon 2018 is the conference and community for you. Now in its fourth year, OpenCon seeks to bring together effective, engaged students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to pay for travel costs. In OpenCon’s first four years, most invited attendees who required financial support to attend have received scholarships. For this reason, attendance at OpenCon is by application only. The application process is central to allocating the limited spaces for attendees and scholarship funding equitably. (Anyone can attend remotely; find out more about satellite events and other opportunities for participating in the community virtually.)

ACRL is providing scholarship funding for two librarians to attend OpenCon 2018 to be held November 2-4 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To be eligible for selection, just follow this link to the OpenCon application process and mention ACRL as one of your affiliations. If you are a librarian and have already applied, then great! We’ll work with the team at OpenCon to ensure that ACRL members are considered for an ACRL-sponsored scholarship. Your information will be conveyed to a group of ACRL member leaders for review and selection.

Besides the benefit of attending OpenCon, each recipient of the ACRL-sponsored scholarships will also be appointed for a 2-year term on ACRL’s Research and the Scholarly Environment Committee. Thus, if selected, you’ll have a chance to build on what you gained from OpenCon and contribute to scholarly communication initiatives that ACRL works on.

The application deadline is July 13, 2018, at 11:59 U.S. Pacific Time. Apply soon and have a chance to attend OpenCon on an ACRL scholarship.