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Illinois Community Travel Stipend for SLA Annual

  • 1.  Illinois Community Travel Stipend for SLA Annual

    Posted 03-02-2020 17:04

    I'm proud of our association's efforts to enable participation in and access to events and conferences, and that's why I'm such a firm supporter of  awards like the Illinois Community's annual travel stipend. This is a reminder that the submission deadline is approaching: get your application in by March 13! Details are below and, as always, please get in touch if you have any questions.

    We are offering 
    one $1000 award to subsidize attendance by an SLA Illinois Community member for the SLA 2020 Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 6-9, 2020. 

    The deadline to apply is March 13, 2020, and applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by March 20, 2020. 

    One stipend will be awarded to an SLA Illinois member. The award will be based on the merit of the applications received, with the committee making the final determination. This stipend may be used for reimbursing conference registration, travel and/or hotel expenses.

    How to Apply 

    Members are encouraged to apply by writing and submitting an original essay of not more than 700 words on how attending the conference may enhance their professional growth. Endorsements from other members, colleagues or professors may also be submitted along with the essay, but are not required.

    Entries will be judged based on applicants' demonstration of how attendance at the annual conference will benefit their professional development or career aspirations.Consideration will also be given to applicants' commitment to work in special libraries including involvement in SLA at the community or national level.


    • Applicants must be members of the SLA Illinois Community at the time of application and through the annual conference.
    • Past stipend winners are ineligible for five years from the date of the conference for which the award was given.


    • Following the conference, the stipend winner must provide a 500-1,000-word write-up of their conference experience. This may be published on the chapter's website and social media pages, and may be used for other promotional purposes.
    • The stipend will be distributed once the treasurer has received receipts for expenses, with the conference registration fee reimbursed before the conference, and any remaining travel expenses distributed once all the requirements of the stipend have been met.

    A committee, coordinated by Past President Rachel Cole, will judge entries which will have been redacted so that impartiality is assured. Please send your entry and/or any questions to

    Rachel Cole
    SLA-IL Past President
    Reference Librarian
    Northwestern University Transportation Library
    (847) 467-5325