DESCRIPTION: MSLA offers an annual $3,000 grant to aid researchers in their attempts to add to the knowledge base of school library programs in Massachusetts through innovative research aimed at measuring and evaluating the impact of school library programs on learning and education in Massachusetts.
CRITERIA / ELIGIBILITY: Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in an accredited college or university. Their formal proposal must already have been accepted by the appropriate officials at the college or university. Research could be for a degree, or for a class. Proposals from library educators and professionals in the field will also be considered. Membership in MSLA at the time of application is necessary.
Important considerations include: attention to the purpose of the grant; intellectual quality of the proposal; potential for significant impact on school libraries; completeness of the application.
AWARD FUNDING: Up to $3,000 in grant money from MSLA to help researchers defray expenses such as postage, paper, printing, statistics experts, and other related expenses. It could be one grant of $3,000, or many grants that total no more than $3,000 in one fiscal year. No hardware or software would be included in expenses.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The winner of the MSLA Research grant agrees to: -submit a six month progress report, present the results of their research at the MSLA annual conference in the year following the year of their grant-publish a summary of the research findings in the MSLA Forum. -give an accounting of expenses with receipts in order to be reimbursed. One third (1/3) of the award will be withheld until all obligations with MSLA are met.-furnish a photograph for use on the MSLA website.
APPLICATION PROCESS:Email supporting documents within 10 days of completing this nomination to email@example.com.
DUE DATE: None. Applications will be considered by the MSLA Executive Board when received.