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.
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.)
TO APPLY for the grant, please fill out the online application. Email AkASL Professional Development Grant Coordinator for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.