Professional Development Award

I.      Purpose of the Award:

Enable ABQLA members receiving the award to participate in a professional development opportunity relevant to their profession.

II.      Goals:
  • Provide professional enrichment opportunities for ABQLA members that might not otherwise be accessible
  • Heighten the profile of ABQLA among the library and information studies community
  • Provide members with a positive experience with ABQLA thereby strengthening membership retention and participation
  • Encourage the exchange of research-related practical expertise.
III.      Award:

For the purposes of this application, Professional Development includes: attendance and/or presentations at conferences, workshops or seminars; participation in courses (in person or online). One award will be offered. The award will include $500 plus complimentary registration at the annual ABQLA Conference in Montreal, Quebec.

IV.      Eligibility:
  • The award will be open to all current or new ABQLA members, working in a library or information studies-related field
  • Students are not eligible
  • Please note that you must already be a member of the ABQLA to be eligible for this award. If you are not, please sign up here.
  • Recipients can only receive the award once
  • The professional development opportunity must take place no later than March 1, 2023.
V.      Application Process:

In order to be considered eligible, candidates are invited to submit an application package demonstrating their suitability for the award. The application package should include:

  • A completed application form
    • Includes a recommendation completed and submitted by a relevant employer, volunteer coordinator, professional mentor or other colleague.
  • A curriculum vitae must be sent to

All forms and documents must be completed and submitted by the application deadline listed below. You should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. Please write to if you do not receive a confirmation or if you experience any problems with the form.


Professional Development Ideas:

VI.      Responsibilities of the winners:
  • Write an article for the ABQLA Bulletin
  • Agree to have photo and biographical information on the ABQLA website
  • Accept the award at the ABQLA Annual Conference with a brief thank you speech
  • Acknowledge funding on any presentation or poster (e.g., “this X funded by the ABQLA Professional Development Award”).

We also encourage successful applicants to share and publicize the news of their win through appropriate communication channels.

VII.      Selection Criteria:
VIII.      Deadline for Submission:

Applications must be submitted by 6 PM EST on March 15, 2024.

IX.      Selection notification:

Applicants will be notified via e-mail.

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The awards committee reserves the right not to grant an award in any given year, contingent upon funding and the application of a suitable candidate.