Friday, April 11, 2008

Student Stipend Applications Sought: $1500 to attend SLA. Deadline: Wed., 4/16

Hey LIS graduate students and recent grads interested in news librarianship: want $1500 to help fund your first trip to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference? We members of the Vormelker-Thomas Student Stipend Award Committee eagerly await your applications! Complete application instructions are at:

Selection Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be members of the Special Libraries Association when they apply for the stipend.
  2. Applicants must be attending their first SLA conference.
  3. Applicants must be graduate students or December 2007 graduates interested in a career in news librarianship.
  4. Applications must include:

    • a word-processed essay (500-1,000 words) addressing an issue in news librarianship
    • a letter of reference from a news librarian, a news editor, or a faculty member
    • a resume
    • a list of course work undertaken
    • a statement of professional goals
    • a statement of what the applicant expects to gain from attending the conference

  5. Applications must be e-mailed no later than Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

Yes, it seems like applying for the award is a lot of work, but it's worth it. The money really helps defray the cost of the conference and the award looks pretty on a resume. Few people apply, so your chances of winning are very good. Past winners include a lot of folks who go on to do great things for news librarianship.


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