Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)/Rare Books and Manuscripts Section 2017 Conference Scholarships

Printer-friendly version

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) offers scholarships to subsidize first-time conference attendance by professional librarians, qualified paraprofessionals, and students. RBMS is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2017 RBMS Conference, to be held in Iowa City, Iowa, from June 20-23, 2017. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017, and applicants will be notified on or before April 21, 2017.

RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and the special collections and archives professions. Accordingly, several conference scholarships have been designated for applicants from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups or for those employed by institutions that primarily serve one or more of these groups. For more information about the RBMS commitment to diversity, please visit the RBMS website ( If you would like to donate to the RBMS conference scholarship program, you may do so when you register for the conference, or separately through the Friends of ACRL website ( For the Friends site, please remember to indicate that the donation is for RBMS conference scholarships.
Full and partial scholarships are awarded. Full scholarships include a waiver of the conference registration fee (up to $290 for professional and paraprofessional ACRL members, or $135 for full-time student members) plus a travel and accommodation stipend. Partial scholarships provide complimentary registration and may or may not include a stipend.

All candidates must be:

  1. Currently enrolled in a library, information science, or archival studies program; a graduate of such a program; OR currently employed as a paraprofessional in a rare books, special collections, or archives capacity and
  2. Members of ACRL who have not previously attended an RBMS conference and who do not have sufficient institutional support to attend.

The Scholarships Committee will take into consideration the following criteria when considering applicants:

  • Evidence of commitment to and interest in the special collections field
  • Interest in contributing to the profession
  • Potential to benefit professionally from attendance at the conference
  • Financial need
  • Member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, or employed by an institution that primarily serves one or more of these groups

Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire conference and complete the conference evaluation. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation letter by July 31, 2017.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017 (11:59pm EST). Please see the RBMS Conference website for more details and to apply: