GMS ALA Application 2017
ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is one the premier global library events each year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influences in the library field, from all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation.

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. The mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
** GMS will cover and arrange all travel expenses, registration fees, lodging and meals.

Eligibility Criteria & Application Process (the application process is two part)
• You are an active scholar (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, 5th year undergraduate, Ed.S., master’s or doctoral Scholar) or on deferment;
Part 1
• Complete the following survey HERE by April 7th by 11:59pm EST.

Part 2 (This portion should be emailed to the following email address: )
• You must submit an unofficial transcript displaying that you have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
• You must provide your most current resume or curriculum vitae;
• You must submit a one page statement of interest indicating the following:
(1) Why you are interested in attending the conference
(2) How will it positively impact your academic and or professional goals?
(3) Discuss your interest in Library Science, Information Science, Access and Literacy.
(4) List of any national GMS-funded conferences or events in the past 2 years, (ie, NCORE, Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Alternative Spring Break, American Library Association,)
• You must respond to the following prompt: “Discuss the connection between the current trends in the field of Library Science and Student Success at all levels of education.” Please limit your essay to 300 words or less.

Please also be sure to compile ALL application materials (Transcript, Resume, & Essay Responses) into a one PDF document and send an e-mail to with the information mentioned above. The deadline to submit the required application materials is April 7thth, 2017 by 11:59pm EST. In the subject line of your e-mail enter “Last Name, First Name - ALA 2017”. You will be notified of the outcome of the application review as soon as the information becomes available. If you have any questions please contact Melissa Jordan by e-mail at or by phone at (202) 854-0001.

This is the scholar application for persons interested in attend the 2017 American Library Association's annual conference. If you would like more information about the conference please visit this website:

Please complete this form in its entirety no later than Friday, April 7th, 2017 by 11:59 pm EST.

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ALA 2016 is June 22 – June 27, 2016. Are you able to attend the full conference?
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