ARLIS/SE Professional Development Travel Award: Call for Applications

ARLIS/SE Professional Development Travel Award: Call for Applications

Purpose: The Award’s purpose is to cultivate a talented, dedicated, and educated group of professionals for the ARLIS/NA organization as well as the ARLIS/SE chapter. Funds from this award may be used to pay for travel, lodging, registration and meals associated with professional development activities at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.

Eligibility: Applicants must currently reside in the geographic area served by the ARLIS/SE chapter (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Membership in ARLIS/SE and ARLIS/NA at the time of application is not required, although preference will be given to current ARLIS/SE members. Applicants must also currently be either employed in the field of art librarianship and/or visual resources curatorship, or enrolled in an educational program leading to a graduate degree. Current students, individuals beginning their professional career within the field of Art Information in the past five years, and paraprofessionals who are becoming active in ARLIS/NA or ARLIS/SE for the first time may be included. Any individual meeting these criteria may apply for the award; however first-time attendees are given preference. Recipients of the award may not reapply in future years.

Application Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter electronically to Sarah Carter addressing the following: 
1. Their history of involvement within the field of art librarianship and/or visual resources curatorship.
2. Professional development benefits expected from attendance at the ARLIS/NA annual conference.
3. An estimate of expenses that they will incur (hotel expenses, airline fees, conference registration, etc).
Students: Please also include name, address, telephone, and email of one professional reference able to address your professional achievements.
Professionals: Please also include name, address, telephone, and email of one academic reference able to address your scholastic achievements.

Application Deadline & Recipient Notification: Applications must be received by midnight on Saturday, February 15th, 2009. The winner will be contacted by March 1st, 2009.

Award Recipient Duties: The travel award recipient is expected to:
1. Participate in the ARLIS/NA Conference Networking program (if they have not previously done so).
2. Attend the ARLIS/SE Chapter meeting at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.
3. Submit a written report on his or her conference activities within one month of the conference.
This report should be submitted to the ARLIS/SE webmaster to be posted on the ARLIS/SE webpage.

Award Amount & Disbursement: The award amount is determined at the Fall ARLIS/SE conference based on yearly donations to the chapter’s fund. On November 7th, 2008 the ARLIS/SE membership voted to award $500 to one applicant for the 2009 conference in Indianapolis. ARLIS/SE will disburse the full amount of the award to the recipient via check two weeks before the conference begins. One-year memberships at the individual level to both ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/SE (additional value of $120 [ARLIS/NA] and $15 [ARLIS/SE] as of 1/2009) are also included for recipients who have not previously joined either organization. ARLIS/SE will disburse payment of these funds directly to these organizations. No funds will be disbursed if a suitable award recipient cannot be identified from applications received by the stated deadline.

Sarah Carter & Ann Lindell
ARLIS/SE Professional Development Travel Award Ad Hoc Committee

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