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ODLOS Travel Grants to JCLC

2018 July 24
by Kyla Hunt

3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of ColorPassing along this grant opportunity from ALA in case anyone is interested in attending the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Albuquerque, NM this September:

The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services is heading to the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color “Gathering all Peoples: Embracing Culture & Community” on September 26-30, 2018 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico.

ALA is pleased to invite you to apply for a great opportunity —  the ALA ODLOS Travel JCLC Travel grants!

The grants provide $1,000 for travel, housing and registration for the 2018 JCLC. Two individuals will be chosen to receive travel grants.  For more information on the conference, visit

Application instructions are at JCLC brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters, and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services. JCLC is a unique and unparalleled opportunity for participants to share successes, opportunities, and challenges while networking and attending cutting-edge programs on pressing issues affecting both librarians and communities of color. JCLC strives to deepen connections across constituencies, create spaces for dialogue, promote the telling and celebrating of one’s stories, and encourage the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations.


Selection is based upon the quality of the submitted essays.Recipients will be selected by the ODLOS Staff. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • Individuals who have already registered for the conference are eligible.
  • Recipients of other travel grants to JCLC are not encouraged to apply.


The main purpose of the grants is for the selected individuals to personally structure their time for networking, peer support, and career building as they see fit. Grant recipients may also choose to volunteer to work with ODLOS staff on supporting the conference and will be invited to write about their experiences for Intersections.

About the Awards

The travel grant recipients will receive a check by September 1st for the amount of $1,000 and are responsible for registering if they have not already, and making their own travel and housing arrangements. Note registration rates increase after August 31st.


Applications are due on August 13, 2018. Winners will be announced/notified on or before August 20.


For more information contact Amber Hayes (

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