October 29, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) – ProQuest and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) are calling for applicants for the ProQuest Support Staff Scholarships that will send eight library professionals to the 2013 ACRL Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10-13, 2013. The scholarships are designed for academic and research library support staff and will provide a rich professional development experience, with the opportunity to update their skills, attend informative educational sessions and interact with colleagues.
"Underwriting by ProQuest for support staff scholarships makes it possible for us to broaden the scope of attendance and attract library staff who value exploring innovative methods for driving the transformation of libraries, learning and research," said ACRL 2013 conference chair Erika Linke, Associate Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. "Support staff are key members of the library team and can benefit greatly from this conference, but often there are limited budgets to support sending them. These scholarships help to correct that."
The ProQuest Support Staff scholarships can enhance support staff members' abilities to provide excellent services to constituent groups. Further, the scholarships build more avenues for interaction with and participation in the Association for these key library staff members – a goal that ACRL has been working toward.
The application deadline is November 9, 2012. To be considered for the scholarship, candidates must complete the online application, which includes an overview of their job responsibilities, as well as an essay on how attending the ACRL conference will support their long-term goals.
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