From Beth Doyle, Head of Conservation Services Department, Duke University Libraries (cross-posted to allied lists):

Nominations are now being sought for the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant. The grant awards the recipient with cash to offset some of the costs of attending the ALA Annual Conference. Some of the details are listed below; please click here for complete grant information.

New ALCTS Award honors Jan Merrill-Oldham (Application Deadline: DECEMBER 1, 2011)

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant is awarded by the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section to provide librarians and para-professionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages professional development through active participation at the national level.

 

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant will provide the recipient the opportunity to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in order to contribute to his/her professional development.  The recipient will attend meetings, programs, and be required to submit a short essay on their conference experience. The grant consists of a $1,250 cash grant donated by the Library Binding Institute and a citation to be presented at the ALCTS Awards ceremony.  The grant is applicable toward airfare, lodging, and registration fees related to ALA Annual Conference attendance.

Criteria for selection will be determined based on the following:

•       Have five or fewer years of experience in the field of library and archives preservation.

•       Currently work as a librarian or para-professional within a library or archives preservation department or who has preservation responsibilities within their institution.

•       Have never attended an ALA Annual Conference

•       Recommendations from colleagues

•       Express desire as stated in a short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme: How would receiving the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant further your professional development goals?

•       Willingness to participate in designated conference events:

•       Work with a member of the jury to identify relevant programs and interest group sessions to attend

•       Attend the Preservation Administration Interest Group Meeting

•       Attend a least one PARS discussion group meeting

•       Submit a summary of the recipient’s conference experience to the ALCTS Newsletter Online no later than 30 days after the conference

 

To submit an application or nomination please include the following:

•       Name, address, phone number, and email address of the nominee and nominating party or applicant

•       Letter of application or nomination

•       Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who know the candidate and his/her work

•       A resume or curriculum vitae

•       A short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme: How would receiving the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant further your professional development goals?

Nominations and application must be completed by December 1, 2011 and sent to Beth Doyle, Jan Merrill-Oldham Jury Chair, b.doyle@duke.edu

Members of the sponsor or its affiliated organizations are not eligible.

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