Alaska Association of School Librarians

Advancing high standards for the school library profession in Alaska

Alaska Association of School Librarians - Advancing high standards for the school library profession in Alaska

Professional Development Grants

The State Library, through Alaska State Museum and Library Services and Federal Source CFDA 45.310, has generously provided funding for grants to AKASL members to attend conferences and other Professional Development opportunities.

AkASL members can apply for grants to attend (and travel to) a variety of conferences, classes, and workshops for professional development, including the Alaska Library Association annual conference, American Library Association national conference, and online webinars.

Out-of-state travel: 80 days prior to conference
In-state travel: 60 days prior to conference
Online events: 40 days prior to event

Applicants must be current members of AKASL.

Grant recipients will be reimbursed up to the following toward registration, hotel, and travel:  $500 for online training, $1,000 for in-state conferences, and $1200 for out-of-state conferences.

Please note travel and housing will only be provided to applicants who do not live in the community where the conference is being held. For example, if AkLA is held in Anchorage, Anchorage applicants are only eligible for registration reimbursement.

Awardees will be required to report on their grant activities, submit all receipts for reimbursement, and write one brief article for each day of conference attendance for possible use in the Puffin, AkASL’s online blog. For more information, preview the grant application and grant reporting form below.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Apply NOW for a grant to attend a  conference or webinar for the 2013-2014 school year. Suggested conferences:

AASL National Conference Hartford, CT, November 14-17, 2013 (Deadline to Apply = August 26)

ASTE Conference Anchorage, AK, February 22-25, 2014 (Deadline to Apply = December 21)

AkLA Annual Conference Anchorage, AK, February 27-March 2, 2014 (Deadline to Apply = December 28)

ISTE National Conference Atlanta, GA, June 28-July 1 (Deadline to Apply = April 9)

ALA Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV, Jun 26-July 1 (Deadline to Apply = April 7)

Application and Reporting Links

Professional Development Grant Application Form (Preview PDF: AkASL PD Application Preview)

Grant Reporting Form (Preview PDF: Grant Report Form Preview)

AkASL Membership Form

TO APPLY for the grant, please fill out the online application.  Email Karla Barkman, AkASL Professional Development Grant Coordinator for more information at