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(via the Illinois Library Association)

We have two scholarships available and waiting for you to apply for this year! ILA Scholarships help and encourage the pursuit of education in librarianship and can be used for classes, registration fees for conferences, seminars, workshops, or any other educational opportunities.

The deadlines for the scholarships listed below is May 15, 2019. If you have any questions about the scholarships or how to apply, please contact the ILA office.

Resources and Technical Services Forum (RTSF) Scholarship

The ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum has established a scholarship to offset registration, travel, and lodging for one technical services staff member who would not otherwise be able to attend the ILA Annual Conference.

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and geographic diversity. If awarded, the scholarship covers registration and expenses to the ILA Annual Conference, not to exceed $1000. The recipient is required to write a brief post-conference essay to include what benefits they received from the conference that may be published in the ILA Reporter and used for future scholarship promotional materials. Priority in selection will be given to first-time ILA Annual Conference attendees.

To apply, go here.

Valerie J. Wilford Scholarship Grant for Library Education

This scholarship grant is for the pursuit of education in librarianship; the scholarship may be used for a graduate or undergraduate class, a class in an LTA program, registration fees for a workshop, webinar, seminar, conference or other educational opportunity.

Applicants must be personal members of ILA or AISLE, or another Illinois state library association; or staff at an ILA institutional member library. The award will be given to an individual or group that has made the most successful case for an educational event that will enhance the group or individual’s ability to promote multi-type cooperation. There will be only one award per person or group.

To apply, go here.

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

The Alexandre Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries

Given annually by Library Juice Press, the Vattemare Award recognizes contributions in the LIS field that are marked by originality, creative energy, and novel combinations of ideas. Considerations in selecting the awardee are their creation of new possibilities for libraries and library workers, the creation of new means of benefiting the community that the library serves, and the ultimate success of these efforts. The award is open to librarians, other library workers, and community members (in any country). The award may be given to an individual or a group, based on a particular project or creative work over an extended period.

The award consists of $1000 and a framed certificate.

Nominations should include a letter and sufficient materials for evaluation; more is better. Nominations are due on May 1st of each year. Materials may be sent to

Alexandre Vattemare, the remarkable 19th century ventriloquist and pioneer of library resource sharing, is the inspiration for the award.

Previous Winners

2018: Betsy Diamant-Cohen, in recognition of her work as the creator and Executive Director of the early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

We have scholarships available for individuals interested in furthering their careers in librarianship. Scholarships may be used for classes, registration fees for workshops, seminars, conferences or other educational opportunities.

Don’t wait, apply now! For any questions regarding scholarships, please e-mail ILA.

(click on the scholarship to view additional information)

·         *Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant

·         Resources and Technical Services Forum (RTSF) Scholarship

·         *Robert P. Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff

·         Valerie J. Wilford Scholarship Grant for Library Education

  *The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019. The deadline for other scholarships is May 15, 2019.

For more information, including instructions for applying, please go here.

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(via ACRL)

Ted Quiballo, MS/LIS, is User Support Specialist Associate and Instructional Technologies Librarian at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

Describe yourself in three words

Engaging, facilitator, supportive.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?

For work, I am currently reading “Creating and Sharing Online Library Instruction” by Joelle Pitts, Sara K. Kerns, and Heather Collins. For myself, I am currently reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff.

Describe ACRL in three words

Active, initiator, inclusive.

What do you value about ACRL?

As an early-career librarian, I value ACRL in a few key ways: their focus on inclusivity and diversity, their commitment to early career librarians, their focus on increasing student learning and success. I attended the Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Minnesota back in May 2018. This ARL/ACRL sponsored symposium was critical in laying out the foundational actions my colleagues and I developed for our library’s EDI&A initiatives and in support of our cross-university priorities. As a 2019 Emerging Leader, I have the honor of being sponsored by ACRL Science and Technology Section (STS). The financial and leadership support for early career librarians really underscores their acknowledgement of the importance of networking, creating active communities of practice, and their commitment to professional development. ACRL’s literature does a great job of keeping me informed about best practices and new ideas being implemented across the profession. This is what I value about ACRL.

To read the full interview, go to

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APA Librarian Conference Travel Award Applications Due March 31

(via Yu-Hui Chen – University at Albany, State University of New York)

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this summer?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA (American Psychological Association) Librarian Conference Travel Award (! Through March 31, 2019, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from May to August 2019. This includes – but is not limited to – LOEX 2019 (, the Medical Library Association Conference 2019 (, ALA Annual 2019 (, the ACRL Immersion Program ( and Teacher Tracks, and the APA Annual Convention (

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards are distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

Please see the website ( for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials.

Applicants should note that the essay is the heart of the application and use it to make a compelling case for attending the conference selected. The essay should describe what the applicant expects to learn, and how this knowledge will impact the work the applicant does with, or on behalf of, students, faculty, and other constituents.

Questions about the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award should be directed to Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with colleagues and friends who may be eligible!

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are excited to announce that nominations for the 2019 ILA Awards and applications for the 2019 Scholarships are now open!

The ILA awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. The ILA scholarships are designated to help and encourage the pursuit of education in librarianship. While the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award specifically recognizes academic librarians, keep in mind that academic librarians are eligible for several other awards, also.

The deadline for awards and scholarships is May 15, 2019. For more information, criteria and eligibility please visit Awards and Scholarships on the ILA website. If you have any questions, contact us at

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UIUC’s Dr. Linda C. Smith Inducted as Illinois Library Luminary

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Linda’s nearly 50-year career began when she came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School of Library Science (now the School of Information Sciences) in 1971 shortly after graduating summa cum laude in physics and mathematics from Allegheny College (PA). She received her M.S. from Illinois in 1972 and spent a year at Washington University School of Medicine Library in St. Louis as a Trainee in Computer Librarianship.  She then earned an M.S. in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975 and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, School of Information Studies in 1979.

Currently, Linda serves as Executive Associate Dean for the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, where she began as an assistant professor in 1977. She has been routinely named to the university’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent throughout her tenure and was named a University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar in 1999. She works with graduate students on-campus (MS, CAS, PhD) and, since 1997, online (MS, CAS).

To see the full announcement, go to

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(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

Members can apply now for funding opportunities ( to support health information outreach, research data services, and expert speakers.

The Greater Midwest Region office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) offers funding to support the NNLM mission: To advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information; and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

To learn more about each funding opportunity and to apply, visit our Funding Page (see link above). Each award page includes a Word file of the online application you can use to help plan for your submission. For questions or support with your application, please contact our office at<>.

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(via ACRL)

Stefanie R. Bluemle, research and instruction librarian and instruction coordinator at Augustana College, has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for her article “Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election<>,” published in 2018 by portal: Libraries & the Academy.

The award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.

The award, donated by Carrick Enterprises, consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $1,000.

Post-truth politics poses a great challenge to teaching authority in information literacy, and teaching source evaluation is not a catch-all antidote to fake news or media illiteracy. Bluemle addresses the implications of post-fact politics for the concept of authority as defined by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and illustrates which elements of authority librarians must rethink in light of recent events.

“Bluemle’s article explores the timely issue of ‘post-facts’ in today’s world and the implications for those engaged in information literacy work,” said award committee chair Jo Angela Oehrli of the University of Michigan. “More than just talking about ‘fake news,’ Bluemle traces the development of the issues that have contributed to the current climate of post-facts. The article pushes academic librarians to question their own notions of what authority is in light of these larger cultural trends.”

Bluemle received her B.A. in English from Augustana College, and her M.A. in English and M.L.S. from Indiana University Bloomington.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section<> of the ACRL website.

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(via Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, Virginia Military Institute)

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) is pleased to announce a grant to attend the 2019 conference, held at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA on June 6th and June 7th. The grant will help someone from an underrepresented and/or marginalized group attend the conference by providing funding for registration and/or accommodations at a nearby hotel. Multiple applicants may be awarded the grant.

To be eligible to apply for the travel grant you must:

  • be working in librarianship (professional or paraprofessional), pursuing a job in librarianship, or enrolled in an ALA accredited post-graduate program.
  • Identify as a member of a racial or ethnic minority in the United States, the LGBTQ+ community, or as a person with a disability. Underrepresented and/or marginalized groups are identified in accordance with the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach recruitment resources.<>

Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 25, 2019. For more details and to apply, visit:

Applicants will be notified of the decision of the grant committee before general registration for the conference opens on Monday, March 25th. Applicants who are not awarded a grant but would still like to attend the conference must participate in general registration on March 25th.

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