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

Apply to attend the Massachusetts Library Association Conference:
The Greatest Job on Earth, May 20-22, Sheraton, Framingham

Four (4) Kay Bader Scholarships and one (1) Midwest Tape Scholarship 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.

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 12/31/2018
• 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 12
Winners will be notified by telephone by April 26

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 Monday and/or Tuesday nights. The scholarship does not cover transportation. Scholarship winners will also receive a complimentary membership to the Massachusetts Library Association for May 2019-April 2020 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.

If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact Ellen MJ Keane at: Ellen_Keane@uml.edu

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:

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* 1. The library today is a multifaceted organization that addresses a wide range of patron needs. Library staff have to juggle many competing demands. How do you keep all the balls, bowling pins and flaming torches in the air?

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* 2. It can sometimes feel as if the library is balanced on a tightrope. What are the biggest challenges facing libraries today and how do you hope to meet them?

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* 3. Our conference theme is "The Greatest Job on Earth." What do you think is great about working in a library?

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

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* 5. Are you currently enrolled as a student?

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* 6. Please enter your contact information: