Foundation / Corporation
American Library Association (ALA)
Award of $3,500 to a USA or Canada library that demonstrates the greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization. For the purpose of this grant program, a library organization is defined as any of the following:
- Individual library;
- Library system;
- Group of cooperating libraries;
- State governmental agency; or
- Local, state, or regional association.
Staff development is defined as: "a program of learning activities that is developed by the library organization and develops the on-the-job staff capability and improves the abilities of personnel to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the library organization."
The criteria for selection of a grant winner include:
- Clearly defined documentation of the need in relation to staff development and the organizational goals and objectives;
- A well-defined program that addresses the needs;
- Evidence that the proposal is part of the organization's ongoing staff development program;
- The commitment and demonstrated ability to implement the program;
- The evaluation methodology that includes assessing the program's impact on the library and that is appropriate to the outlined program; and
- How well the proposal follows the application instructions.
Proposals are judged for:
- Clear statement of organization goals and objective.
- Clear statement of the link between library objectives and project objectives.
- Identifying the audience for the program and developing a program directed at that audience.
- Documenting the need for the program (is the need well-defined and important?)
- The quality of the design of the program.
- The clearness of the action plan and calendar, and the likelihood of the completion of the program in the stated timeframe.
- Whether the needed resources are available (including staff) to make the program a success.
- Whether the budget is adequate and reasonable for the program.
- Whether appropriate evaluation methods are being used.
- Additional areas that may be considered: the importance of the problem addressed; the seriousness of the proposal to the library's needs; whether the program will improve delivery of services to user.
GrantWatch ID#: 160079
The H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant is an annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: http://www.ala.org/tools/hw-wilson-library-staff-development-grant-application
Cheryl Malden, Program Officer
Work Phone: (312) 280-3247
Fax: 312 944-3897
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
Canada: Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon
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