RBMS 2005 Preconference Scholarships

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries is offering scholarships to RBMS members to subsidize first-time preconference attendance at its 46th annual preconference, "Bridging the Gap: Education and Special Collections," which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, from Tuesday, 21 June to Friday, 24 June 2005. (Complete preconference program, registration and other information is available through the RBMS website at www.rbms.nd.edu/).

Three full scholarships of $695 will be granted. Full scholarships include a waiver of the preconference registration fee (up to $195 for professional ACRL members and $75 for full-time student members) and reimbursement of housing and travel expenses ($500 for professionals and $620 for full-time students). Five partial scholarships of $195 will also be awarded, consisting of a waiver of the registration fee only. Full-time student registrants awarded partial scholarships will also receive $120 towards housing and travel expenses. To help us assure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, winners will need to submit a post-conference evaluation letter by the end of July 2005.

RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in the section. Two preconference scholarships have been designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, one for a professional librarian and one for a student. The remaining scholarships are open to all applicants who meet eligibility requirements. For more information about the RBMS commitment to diversity, please visit the RBMS website.


Candidates must be members of RBMS who have not previously attended a preconference and who do not have sufficient institutional support to attend the preconference in St. Louis.

To apply:

  1. On a cover sheet, supply your name, mailing address, email address (if any), telephone number, fax number (if any), and your ALA membership number.
  2. Supply a brief statement of interest (less than 1 page).
  3. Supply a brief statement of financial need (less than 1 page). Please indicate clearly whether you wish to apply for the full scholarship, the partial scholarship, or both.
  4. Enclose a letter of reference from a professional librarian or archivist or an instructor in an ALA-accredited library program or an archival studies program.
  5. Enclose a signed statement from your supervisor confirming that you will be able to attend the preconference if you receive a scholarship. You may print out and use the confirmation form below.
  6. Include a completed copy of the ACRL Scholarship Application (available on the ACRL website, www.ala.org/ala/acrl/aboutacrl/resourcesforwork/acrlforms/scholarshipapplication.htm.

Send application materials to:

J. Fernando Peņa
The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
ATTN: RBMS Preconference Scholarships

RBMS Preconference Attendance Confirmation

Deadline for applications:

Applications must be received on or before Friday, April 8, 2005. Winners will be notified on or before Friday, April 29, 2005.

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