Massachusetts Library Aid Association 2013 Scholarship Program

The Massachusetts Library Aid Association (MLAA) Committee on Aid to Small Public Libraries is pleased to announce its Scholarship Program for the fall 2013 term.  MLAA is a private foundation. The purpose of this program is to subsidize training in Library and Information Science for librarians and library staff who are presently employed in small Massachusetts public libraries. Please note this offer is available only for persons working in public libraries.  This is not an MBLC sponsored grant program; however we have worked in partnership with MLAA for more than seventy years.

Prospective applicants must be currently employed in a Massachusetts public library; may not hold an MLS already and must work in a community of 35,000 or under. The applicant's annual salary may not exceed $35,000.

Small grants (ranging from $350-500) may be given to cover courses and training programs which must be directly applicable to public library service. Please note this Scholarship Program is intended to help individuals who lack a MLS degree to make progress in completing their education. 

Occasionally a small amount of additional money is available for a travel allowance for those commuting 80 miles or more. Previous grant awardees may apply; however, in no case will more than three awards be made to an individual. 

The application deadline for fall is Friday August 16, 2013.  Applications must be received by this date and no applications will be considered after this deadline. Notification will take place after Labor Day.

Application forms are attached to this email.  Please email completed application to Rachel Masse, Administrative Assistant to the Library Advisory Unit of the MBLC. Rachel.masse@state.ma.us by 4:00 p.m. August 16, 2013. 

Questions? Please contact  shelley.quezada@state.ma.us or call 617 725 1860 x235 for any clarification.

Please note: Requests for Individuals wishing support for course work outside the LIS degree program should apply using the Continuing Education Application form.

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