This grant supports portions of travel, meeting registration, hotel, and subsistence expenses for a chapter member to attend this year's annual chapter meeting in Greenville, NC, October 9-11, 2008. Supporting our colleagues' involvement in the life of the chapter is a priority! Please note that music library paraprofessionals/support professionals and library school students are eligible for this opportunity and encouraged to apply. At the discretion of the Travel Grant Committee and the SEMLA Board, the amount of the grant may be up to $500 for an individual and more than one grant may be made.
I. Applicant must reside in one of the states or territories that comprising SEMLA (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, 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 2008) 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 his/her employing institution, e.g. certified archivist with other graduate degree working extensively with music materials) in the first two years of his/her 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 25, 2008:
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 single or double room rate in Greenville, NC is $92 plus 13% tax per night). 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 a request was either denied or insufficiently met;
2. A current résumé or vita;
3. One letter of support. Where applicable, it 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 website: http://personal.ecu.edu/newcomern/semla/memberinfo.html . Annual student membership in SEMLA is currently only $5.00; a regular membership is $10.00.
Hotel accommodations will be funded at the double-occupancy rate, i.e., one-half of the $92.00 plus tax mentioned in II/1, preceding.
III. Mail application and supporting materials to arrive via U.S. post or electronically as Word attachments by August 25, 2008 to:
Lynne Jaffe firstname.lastname@example.org
329 Saddlebrook Circle
Lewisville , NC 27023
If you have any questions, please contact Lynne by email (email@example.com) or phone (336) 945-6986.
Recipients will be notified no later than August 29, 2008 and announced on SEMLA-L 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 Greenville meeting. If mileage for a personal vehicle is awarded, it will be paid at the current IRS rate at the time of the conference, $0.585 per mile on 7/1/08, also after the meeting.