Conference Funding for New Members

The purpose of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant is to encourage professional development and participation by new ALA members in national ALA and NMRT activities. Applicants must be personal ALA/NMRT members who are working within the territorial United States.

3M’s Safety and Security Systems Division markets materials flow management products to libraries to prevent unauthorized borrowing and to streamline the flow of library materials. Since its inception in 1975, the grant has been awarded to more than 100 NMRT members.

The 2005 grant will help finance attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. It covers round trip airfare, lodging, conference registration fees and some incidental expenses. The selection of grant recipients rests solely with the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, composed of NMRT members.

Selection will take place at the ALA Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in January 2005. Applicants need not be present. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision as soon as possible after the Midwinter Conference.

The committee will consider the following in its deliberations:

  • The applicant’s ability or initiative to attend future national conferences if finances are provided this year.
  • How the applicant intends to use the ALA conference experience at his/her home institution and local, state and regional associations.
  • The applicant’s involvement with local, state and regional associations.
  • Impact of winning the grant on the applicant’s current position and future career options.
  • Potential contributions the applicant will make to ALA and NMRT.

The committee also considers the applicant’s overall presentation. The committee does not consider geographic location, age, sex, religion, race or national origin. Please do not hesitate to apply for the grant because you feel you have not done enough as a member of NMRT. We are interested in potential and the ability and willingness to make future contributions. This is a professional development grant.