Continuing Education Grant and Legislative Travel Grant Deadlines

Stephena Harmony, University of Cincinnati

The ALAO Continuing Education Grant is awarded once a year to support the cost of participating in professional development opportunities. Current members are eligible to apply for any library related educational opportunity occurring during the 2010 calendar year.

To ensure a fair review, applications are submitted to the Executive Director of ALAO’s fiscal agent, SouthWest and Neighboring Libraries (SWON), who will forward all applications with names removed to the ALAO Professional Development Committee (PDC). The PDC will select the application(s) that best explain how the grant will further the applicant’s professional development. The amount of money available for the 2010 Continuing Grant Program is $2,000 which may be awarded to one individual or divided among two or more top ranked applicants. The PDC will take into consideration the amount of funding the applicant’s employer will provide for the request, as well as what the employer provided during the past fiscal year. The PDC will notify the award recipients and will arrange payment. Within sixty days of the educational event, the recipient must submit a brief report to the PDC confirming proof of attendance.

Please complete the application form and provide the required documentation including a description of how the continuing education opportunity will further your professional development and an itemized list of associated costs. The deadline is January 15th, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact the PDC Chair, Stephena Harmony at:


Ann M. Watson, Ohio University Lancaster

Apply NOW for ALAO’s Legislative Travel Grant to Attend Library Advocacy Day – June 29, 2010
(for one year only – held during ALA annual conference)
Award amount $600.00 for travel, lodging and food.

For one year only, Library Advocacy Day will replace National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).  On June 29, 2010, library advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will meet at Upper Senate Park on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

The event, which will begin at 11 a.m., will feature guest speakers, photo ops, and a chance to cheer on libraries!  After the rally, participants from Ohio will meet with their elected officials and their staffs.
As a member of the official Ohio delegation, the winner of this grant, along with  the ALAO Government Relations Liaison, will meet with the members of the Ohio delegation and attend the rally on Capital Hill.  After the rally, participants will meet with their elected officials and their staffs.

It is easy to apply.  Simply send a letter or email expressing interest to:

Ann M. Watson, Ohio University Lancaster, Hannah V. McCauley Library,
1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH  43130. (

Include in your letter a brief description of any advocacy experience you’ve had and/or political issue involvement through ALAO or other civic organizations. Include also the name and phone number of a reference who is familiar with your advocacy efforts and interest.

Even if you have limited experiences but have the interest in learning more about legislative advocacy, you are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applying is March 19, 2010.
The winner will be named in plenty of time to make travel plans.
The ALAO is looking forward to hearing from you!

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