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.


The out-of-state Professional Development Grant:    (on-line application) deadline for ALA, Mid-Winter, and other winter, spring & summer travel this year is November 15th, 2017  ($1,500)

The in-state Professional Development Grant:     (on-line application) deadline for AkLA, ASTE, and other winter & spring in-state travel is  December 15th, 2017 ($1,000)

Online Training:  seven days prior to the event

Preference is given to applicants that are current AkASL members.

AkASL Membership Form

AkASL Online Registration link

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.

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 – Deadline for application is August 11, 2017. This is more than the 80 day requirement in order to allow applicants to register before the Early Bird price expires. Apply NOW!

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 August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018.)

Professional Development Grant Reporting Form (Use for summer 2017 conferences.  Will be updated for 2017-2018 conferences in the fall.)

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