What is the Conable Conference Scholarship?
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) offers an annual scholarship for library school students and new professionals to attend ALA's Annual Conference. The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Gordon held dear: intellectual freedom and mentoring.
The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. The recipient also will receive a one-year membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.
Who is eligible?
Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies degree program or an AASL-recognized master’s programs in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving an LIS degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Scholarship.
Note: If the recipient is already registered for ALA’s Annual Conference, he or she will have their conference fee refunded.
The conference scholarship winner will be expected to arrive on Wednesday and stay through Monday afternoon.
How to apply
The application requires a resume, two references, and an essay of up to 500 words describing your interest in intellectual freedom issues and how you will use your attendance at an ALA conference to further your interest in intellectual freedom during and after the conference. Your resume should include your education, work history, and volunteer experience.
Application deadline: April 21, 2017. Winners will be announced in early May.
| "Being a Conable Scholar allowed me not only to attend the ALA annual conference and participate in meetings, roundtables, and social events - it also created lasting relationships with other intellectual freedom advocates in the FRTF and OIF who are now mentors, colleagues, and friends," said 2016 award-recipient Katie Chamberlain Kritikos.
FTRF Executive Director James LaRue, 2016 Conable Scholar Katie Chamberlain Kritikos, FTRF Trustee Julia Warga.
Conable Conference Scholarship
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 545-2433 x4226 with any questions.
Who was Gordon M. Conable?
Gordon Conable was a California librarian and intellectual freedom champion who served several terms as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. His unexpected death in 2005 inspired his wife and the FTRF board to create the Conable Fund, which provides funding for the Conable Scholarship.
Gordon was executive vice president for public libraries at Library Systems and Services (LSSI) in Riverside, CA. He was responsible for management and performance of LSSI's public library contracts, including the 30-branch Riverside County, CA system. He also served as director of the Monroe County (MI) Library System from 1988-1998; during his tenure there, he withstood an intense controversy over Madonna's book Sex. Before that he was associate director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Washington. For his efforts, Conable was a recipient of the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award and the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for "intellectual freedom fighters." In 1994 he was the first librarian recognized as Michigan's Public Administrator of the Year.
Donate to the Conable Fund
You can donate to the Gordon M. Conable Memorial Fund here.
Additionally, you can donate by calling (312) 280-4226 or sending an email to email@example.com.
You also can send a check, payable to Freedom to Read Foundation
, to 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Please put "Conable Fund" in the memo section of your check.