Each October, ACRL Washington and Oregon convene at Pack Forest or Menucha to learn with and from each other. In order to encourage attendance by library graduate students and new librarians, ACRL-WA offers a scholarship to each. In addition to this, the ACRL-WA Excellence Award “recognizes a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Washington State academic or research libraries/librarianship.”
The two ACRL-WA members-at-large are tasked with coordinating all aspects of the scholarships and Excellence Award. Chelsea and Jen worked together on updating the scholarship information to fit our 2019 conference theme: Whiteness and Racism in Academic Libraries: Dismantling Structures of Oppression.
This year, the prompt for our scholarship essay is: Where do you see opportunities for academic libraries to dismantle structures of oppression? Please use examples of work that you have done or discuss work that you feel inspired to do. We’re interested in hearing more about the important work that others in the state are doing, but also wanted to make sure our prompt was inclusive for students that might not have hands-on experience with this topic yet.
One change we are making is asking scholarship applicants in the application form if they wish to have their essay published at acrlwa.org. This decision came after realizing that the scholarship essays are generally only seen and read by the members-at-large when making decisions about winners. The board wishes for more of these (sure to be excellent) essays to be accessible by all members and realizes that, especially for library graduate students, sharing their essays could serve as a valuable networking tool. Sharing our ideas for dismantling structures of oppression in academic libraries is essential to continued progress with this work.
After the September 6, 2019 deadline, Chelsea and Jen will rate the entries for both of the scholarships and the Excellence Award using rubrics that measure qualities such as originality and the presence of thoughtful examples.
Find more information on applying:
Conference Attendance Scholarships
We look forward to reading your applications!