If you have never attended the annual MLA conference, now's your chance!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Apply for the Kay Bader Scholarship, The OverDrive Scholarship, or the Ingram Content Scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Library Association Conference
MLA 2017: Charting our Course, May 22-24, Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis 
Seven (7) scholarships are available to help first time attendees defray the costs of attending the annual MLA
Conference. The scholarships are available to current and future library staff who wish to attend the Conference.

-The Ingram Content Scholarship will be awarded to a current employee of a Massachusetts public library.
- The OverDrive Scholarship will be awarded to a Massachusetts librarian or paralibrarian.
- One Kay Bader scholarship will be awarded to a currently enrolled library school student.
- One Kay Bader scholarship will be awarded to a high school student who works or volunteers in a library.
- Three Kay Bader scholarships will be awarded to Massachusetts librarians, paralibrarians, trustees or friends .

Who is eligible?
• All applicants must be first time MLA Annual Conference attendees
• Massachusetts librarians and paralibrarians from all library types. All staff levels are encouraged to apply!
• Massachusetts librarians or paralibrians who are between jobs
• Massachusetts residents who are currently enrolled in an accredited M.L.S. program
• Massachusetts residents who are new graduates of an accredited M.L.S. program
   *Degree must have been conferred no earlier than 5/1/2017
• Currently serving trustees of a Massachusetts library
• Current members of a Massachusetts Library Friends group

When is the deadline and when are winners announced?
Completed applications must be received by April 15, 2017.
Winners will be notified by telephone by April 26, 2017.

What does the scholarship cover?
The scholarships cover the cost of registration on the days of attendance, conference meals and half the cost of accommodations for those requiring lodging on Tuesday and/or Wednesday nights. The scholarship does not cover transportation. Scholarship winners will also receive a complimentary membership to the Massachusetts Library Association for May 2017-April 2018 and are encouraged to become active MLA members by joining a committee.

If I win a scholarship, what are my obligations?
Scholarship winners need only to attend one day of the conference and are free to choose whatever sessions most interest them. Scholarship winners will be asked to write a brief account of their MLA conference experience for the MLA newsletter and website.

Questions?
If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact a member of the scholarship committee:
Ellen MJ Keane at: Ellen_Keane@uml.edu
Danielle Kovacs at: dkovacs@library.umass.edu
Kirsten Underwood at: kunderwood@mvlc.org

How do I apply?
Applicants must submit their contact information and a 300-500 word statement answering one of the following questions and the information questions below:

* 1. Where should libraries be heading? Chart a course for the library of tomorrow today!

* 2. How does the library help users chart their own course? What is your role?

* 3. What do you hope to gain from attending MLA 2017: Charting our Course?

* 4. In what type of library to you work or volunteer?

* 5. Are you currently enrolled as a student?

* 6. Please enter your contact information:

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