WA/OR-ACRL Conference Attendance Scholarship

The Washington Chapter of ACRL provides scholarships to two individuals enabling them to attend the annual fall conference jointly held by the WA/OR Chapters of ACRL.

The 2016 conference, Enhancing Creativity and Turning Inspiration Into Reality will be held October 27th and 28th at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center near Corbett, Oregon, inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. More information about the conference can be found here. 


One scholarship will be awarded to a graduate school student who:

·       Is currently enrolled in a library/information science program.

·       Resides in Washington State.

·       Has an interest in pursuing a career in an academic library.

One scholarship will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee who:

·       Is currently employed in an academic library in Washington State.

·       Has never attended the WA/OR Joint Fall Conference.

·       Is currently within their first five years of professional employment in an academic library or is new (within the past 2 years) to the state.

·       Preference will be given to applicants with a salary of $38,000 or less.

What does the scholarship include?

·       The scholarships provide full conference registration, which includes meals, lodging and all conference programs, plus a $25.00 travel stipend, and a one-year membership in the WA State Chapter of ACRL.

How to apply:

Applicants must fill out the application form found here. They will be required to submit a 500-word essay addressing the following question: What is the importance of fostering creativity in the library?

·       Essays will be judged on how well they address the question posed.

·       Essays will also be judged on originality, creativity, structure, perspective and relevant and thoughtful examples (goals, interests, experience).

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 2nd, 2016. Winners will be notified by September 16th.

After attending the conference, each scholarship recipient will be asked to write an essay reporting on their conference experience, which will be published in that fall’s ACRL-WA newsletter and/or on the Association’s blog. Including photos from the conference will be encouraged, but isn’t required.

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