Monday, May 18, 2020

2020 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship!

Are you interested in Intellectual Freedom? Would you like to learn how the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and other groups in the ALA are working to protect access to information? Applications are now open for the 2020 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by FTRF.

The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship.

The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing (six nights), and a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. Due to COVID-19, the recipient will be able to apply this award to ALA Midwinter 2021 or ALA Annual 2021 and attend the virtual conference in 2020. The recipient will also receive a one-year membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF).

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2020 Conable Conference Scholarship has been extended to May 31, 2020; the award will be announced by June 5, 2020.

Who is eligible: Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies degree program or an AASL-recognized master’s program in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving a library school degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Conference Scholarship.

Those interested must submit an application that includes two references and an essay detailing their interest in intellectual freedom issues. Applicants are also required to attach a résumé. If the recipient has already registered for ALA’s virtual conference, he or she will have the conference fee refunded.

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