by Natalia Tabisaura
You’re sold on the idea of going to the next ALA Conference, but where oh where will the funds come from?’ It’s easy to say you want to go, but with a place to stay, food, and transportation to consider the price tag becomes daunting and the question arises: Should I go?
Heck yes, you should! The education you get at a conference trumps any webinar or experience in class. Don’t give up hope!’ You can find conference funding in a myriad of unexpected (and expected) places. Here are a few strategies for getting the financial support to get that well-educated tush of yours to the next annual conference.
1. Student discounts! If you are a current student, ALA offers a $100 off registration to encourage library school students to attend.
2. Research grants and scholarships can make a dent in the conference costs. Be sure to pay attention to the deadlines. Also, check the web pages of the associations and subgroups you are a member of for additional opportunities. Here is a list of grants and awards (source: LISjobs.com)