March 20, 2018

Gale Offers Scholarships for Small and Rural Library Staffs to Attend PLA Conference

Gale/Cengage Learning, in partnership with WebJunction, is offering scholarships that will pay for the library staffs from two small and rural libraries to attend the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) annual conference in Philadelphia, PA.

As part of its Small Library Support Program, Gale will provide travel, lodging registration and all related expenses for library staff (serving populations of 50,000 or less) to attend the PLA conference in March. All scholarships will also include reimbursement to cover the library staff’s time away from work (temp replacement, etc.). Libraries can apply for the scholarship online by submitting a short essay (500 words or less) answering one of the following questions:

(1) How will attending the PLA Conference help me or my small or rural library bridge the digital divide for my patrons?

(2) How will attending the PLA conference help me to increase innovative or unique advocacy efforts to demonstrate value (or change perceptions about libraries) in my community.

Essays must be submitted by January 18. The winners will be notified no later than the week of January 30.

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  1. sharon albert says:

    Can you tell me what would be the qualifications of a small library?


  2. Can you let us know when we may apply for this scholarship for the 2013 conference? This would be so helpful as we open the doors to a new rural library in Kansas – Lighthouse Library, 107 S Main in Dexter, KS.