YA Services Symposium Library Worker Stipend
  • About the Stipend:

    YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium Stipend will enable one qualified recipient to attend the symposium, which will be held in Salt Lake City, UT, November 2-4, 2018.

    One stipend up to $1,000 will be awarded to a library worker who works directly with young adults.

    Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2018.

    Winners will be announced the last week of July.

    Questions can be directed to Nichole O’Connor at noconnor@ala.org or 1.800.545.2433 x4387
  • Application Guidelines:

    1. All applications must be submitted electronically using this official application form.
    2. All applicants must be current, personal members of YALSA at the time of application.
    3. A current resume must be uploaded via the official application form.
    4. You may upload your supporting statement below unless the statement will be sent directly from your supervisor. Please make sure document is named appropriately, last name of the applicant, underscore, and name of document. IE. Gilbert_supportingstatement.doc
    5. Word document or PDFs will be accepted.
    6. Supporting statements can be submitted as an attachment to YALSA at noconnor@ala.org.
    7. Applications are due no later than June 1, 2018.
  • Requirements for Applicants:

    • YALSA personal membership
    • At least one year of experience serving teenagers in a professional library setting
    • Previous recipients are not eligible
    • Incomplete submissions will not be considered
  • Criteria for Selection:

    -Candidate’s commitment to young adult library services, as outlined in YALSA's report The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action
    -Candidate’s desired learning outcomes for attending the conference
    -Candidate’s financial and professional development needs
    -Strength of supporting statement
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  • Supporting Statement Information

    Have a supervisor who is familiar with your work comment on your qualifications and how attendance at the YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium will benefit you professionally and/or personally. The supporting statement can either be uploaded below or emailed separately. The supporting statement must be emailed to noconnor@ala.org no later than midnight June 1, 2018. Be sure your name and “supporting statement” appear in the subject line.
  • 6. Statement of Understanding

    I understand that the up to $1,000 awarded is only for conference expenses (registration fees, travel, housing, meal per diem) and in order to receive my full award, I must provide original receipts to the YALSA Office. If selected, I agree to submit a either a blog post about my experience or create a YALSA Academy video featuring one new thing I learned at the event by no later than Jan. 1, 2019. I further understand that if I win the stipend and for some reason cannot attend the conference that I must notify the YALSA Office by Aug. 15, 2018 and will forfeit the award. I am also aware that if I win this stipend I am not eligible to apply in future years.
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