Travel Awards

The Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies.

**The application requirements detailed below are from the 2018 selection and are subject to change. The 2020 selection cycle will begin in spring/summer 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are:

  • students enrolled in a graduate program;
  • fellows participating in one of ARL’s diversity recruitment programs; or
  • library professionals within the first three years of their professional careers.

The conference goal is to encourage conference participants to engage with others in the library assessment community to enrich their knowledge and skills in methodologies, research, and evaluation.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for the scholarship are:

  • diverse representation—eligible classifications include those outlined by the US Census Bureau and Statistics Canada as well as Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous classifications;
  • a record of strong interest in assessment demonstrated by related coursework and activities; and
  • potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. In particular, exceptional applications will exhibit strong creativity and passion for developing and deploying innovative assessment methods and strategies.

Students and practitioners with fewer than three years of professional experience are especially encouraged to apply.

Benefits and Responsibilities

The $1,000 scholarship is to cover registration fees for any of the pre- and/or post-conference workshops, air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals. Awardees will be responsible for:

  • making arrangements for travel and hotel accommodations;
  • paying for any meals above and beyond what is included in the conference; and
  • registering for the conference and selecting invoice as the payment option—the conference will cover the registration fee.

Each awardee will also be asked to collaborate and write an issue brief highlighting key themes from their conference and their overall experience. ARL will publish the issue brief on its website. Awardees are also encouraged to use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media during the event and contribute to the shared Google document for collective note taking.


The application deadline was 11:59 p.m. pacific daylight time on Friday, August 3, 2018. The selection committee—composed of members of the ARL Assessment Committee, conference steering committee, and past travel award recipients—will notify applicants of selection decisions the week of August 20th.

Each applicant must provide:

  • a statement of interest (400 words maximum) that describes how attending the Library Assessment Conference supports your learning and development goals;
  • a résumé or CV; and
  • a recommendation letter from a faculty member or supervisor.