Apply for 2019-20 Value of Academic Library Travel Scholarships

Photograph: aviation, commercial (Library of Congress, c.1905)
Photograph: aviation, commercial (Library of Congress)

ACRL is pleased to announce a new round of Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships, offering approximately 6 travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each in fiscal year 2020 for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals to apply for funding to present their work at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach audiences outside the library field. The presentations may be based on practice-based work or formal research projects.

New in 2019-2020: Proposals can be related to any of ACRL’s four strategic goal areas or the Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as articulated in the ACRL Plan for Excellence.

The program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee to support librarians in their efforts to communicate to our partners in higher education including administrators, scholars, and teachers working in all disciplines. These travel scholarships support the community in taking up a recommendation from the ACRL report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared by OCLC Research and released in September 2017 for download or purchase) that academic librarians effectively communicate their contributions both up to institutional stakeholders and out to other departments.

Scholarship applications are due by 5 p.m. Central Time on Monday, September 16, 2019. Read more about eligibility, application instructions, and criteria in the full call for proposals.