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SLA Illinois Conference Stipend Award

  • 1.  SLA Illinois Conference Stipend Award

    Posted 02-18-2020 09:41

    SLA Illinois Conference Stipend Award

    The SLA Illinois Community is pleased to open the application process for our annual conference attendance stipend. 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 Illinois Past President
    Reference Librarian
    Northwestern University
    (847) 467-5325