In partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries
(ACRL), the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of ACRL is offering
scholarships to subsidize first-time preconference attendance by
professional librarians and qualified paraprofessionals and students.
RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and the special
collections and archival professions. Accordingly, several preconference
scholarships have been designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic
and racial groups. For more information about the RBMS commitment to
diversity, please visit the RBMS website<
Full and partial scholarships will be awarded. Full scholarships include a
waiver of the preconference registration fee (up to $280 for professional
and paraprofessional ACRL members, and $125 for full-time student members)
plus a travel and accommodation stipend of $700. Partial scholarships
provide complimentary registration and may or may not include a stipend.
Eligibility: All candidates must meet one of the following criteria: 1) be
currently enrolled in a library, information science, or archival studies
program; 2) be a graduate of such a program; or 3) be currently employed as
a paraprofessional in a rare books, special collections, or archival
capacity. Candidates must also be members of ACRL who have not previously
attended an RBMS preconference and who do not have sufficient institutional
support to attend.
Deadline: All applications must be received by midnight PST on March 30,
To apply: Candidates must complete an online application form<
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53HTWN8>. We recommend you view the form,
prepare your answers and then return to the form to complete it. Answers
for the longer questions may be cut and pasted into the form.
Requirements: Scholarship recipients are required to attend the whole
preconference and complete the conference evaluation. To help us ensure the
ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners
will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation letter by July 29,
Notification: All applicants will be notified on or before April 27, 2012.
Jennifer K. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Curator of Rare Books
1155 Union Circle, #305190
Denton, TX 76203-5017