Travel Grant

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Applications are now being accepted for a travel grant, funded principally through the generosity of the national Music Library Association (MLA), which has awarded the Southeast Chapter $500 for this purpose. The grant supports travel, meeting registration, hotel, and subsistence expenses to attend SEMLA's annual meeting at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, October 10 - 12, 2002. Please note that music library paraprofessionals/support professionals and library school students are eligible for this opportunity and are encouraged to apply.

The grant may be up to $500 for one individual or be divided among up to three individuals. If more than one applicant is successful, additional funding beyond the amount awarded by MLA may be available from SEMLA.

I. Applicants must reside in one of the states or territories comprising SEMLA (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico), and also be in at least one of the following eligible categories:

a) A graduate library school student (by the time of the conference in October, 2002) aspiring to become a music librarian;
b) A recent graduate (within one year of degree) of a graduate program in librarianship who is seeking a professional position as a music librarian;
c) A music librarian (holding a Master of Library Science degree or qualifications granting an equivalent status at her/his employing institution, e.g. a certified archivist with other graduate degree working extensively with music materials) in the first two years of her/his professional career, or;
d) A library paraprofessional/support professional working with music materials as a significant portion of his/her job responsibilities.

Applicants in categories a-c must not have attended more than one prior SEMLA meeting before applying for the grant. This restriction does not apply to paraprofessionals/support professionals.

II. Applicants must submit the following to arrive by August 23, 2002:

1. A letter of application which includes an explanation of the reasons for attending the SEMLA annual meeting, a justification of financial need, and a budget (the double room rate in Baton Rouge, LA is $69 plus tax). For those applicants currently working in libraries or archives, justification of financial need must include evidence that one has sought financial support from one's employing institution to attend the meeting and that such request was either denied or insufficiently met;
2. A current résumé or vita;
3. Two letters of support. Where applicable, one of the letters should be from a current supervisor.

Award recipients who are not already members of SEMLA are expected to join prior to attending the October meeting. A membership form is available on the SEMLA web site:

Annual student membership in SEMLA is currently only $2.00; a regular membership is $5.00.

Hotel accommodations will be funded at the double-occupancy rate, i.e. one-half of the $69 plus tax mentioned in II/1, preceding.

III. Mail application and supporting materials to arrive via U.S. post or electronically by August 23, 2002 to:

Diane Steinhaus
Chair, SEMLA Travel Grant Committee
2602 Augusta Drive
Durham, NC 27707

For more information, contact Diane by e-mail ( or phone (919) 966-1113, fax (919) 962-3376.

Recipients will be notified by September 3, 2002, and announced on SEMLA-L, the chapter's electronic discussion list immediately thereafter.

Please note that SEMLA may elect to pay directly for travel and hotel expenses on the recipient's behalf and only supply the balance (if any) of an award following the Baton Rouge meeting. If mileage for a personal vehicle is awarded, it will be paid at the current IRS rate of $0.325 per mile, also after the meeting.

This opportunity may or may not be repeated in future years, depending on funding. SEMLA is extremely grateful for the support of this year's endeavor by MLA. It is our hope that this support of chapter members who are beginning their careers or whose abilities to travel to meetings are compromised by lack of institutional funding or other circumstances will assist MLA in meeting the ongoing recruitment and continuing education objectives outlined in MLA's Plan 2001.

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