Professional Development Grants

The Alaska State Library, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act (Federal Source CFDA 45.310) has generously provided funding for grants to attend conferences and other Professional Development opportunities.

Those interested 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: 7 days prior to event

Preference is given to applicants that are current AkASL members.

AkASL Membership Form

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 $1,500 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 submit one shareable product for each day of conference attendance for possible publication in the Puffin, AkASL’s online blog.

Applications will soon be open for conferences held between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Some conferences to consider include:

YALSA’s 2017 Young Adult Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 3-5, 2017

AASL National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 9-11, 2017

ALAN Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri,  Nov. 20-21, 2017

ALA Midwinter, Denver, CO, February 9-13, 2018

ASTE Conference, Anchorage, AK, February 17-20, 2018

AkLA Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK,  March 8-11, 2018

ALA Annual, New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018


Application and Reporting Links

Professional Development Grant Application Form (For events taking place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.)

Professions Development Grant Reporting Form

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