OLA Travel Fund
The OLA Board of Directors has established a modest travel fund to ensure members of the association have opportunities to participate in OLA programs despite geographical barriers. The fund is to cover travel costs, that when reasonably purchased would exceed $500. Disbursement is not to exceed $1,000. The annual number of disbursements to recipients will vary and are based on the annual budget situation of the association.
OLA/OSLA Ken Haycock Super Conference Grant
Dr. Ken Haycock established the Chancellor Group Conference Grant to honour the founders of the Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada. It was subsequently transferred to the Canadian Library Association (CLA). A travel grant of $500 was to provide support to newly qualified teacher-librarians (the “TL”) to attend the annual conference of the CLA. The funds were transferred to OLA in 2016 after CLA’s dissolution. OLA is now proud to provide the grant to support new TL’s to attend the OLA Super Conference.
To apply: Complete the online application form and include a brief biography/resume of the nominee outlining their achievements and library background, as well as two (2) letters endorsing the nominee by November 1, 2019.
The bursary will be granted using a random number generator to select from a pool of qualified applicants. The successful candidate must attend the Super Conference in person in January 2020 and submit a report on how this professional development opportunity contributed to their career goals by April 30, 2020.
To apply: complete the online application form. The winner will be contacted by email by early December 2019.
Public Library Scholarship
The Joyce Kipp Memorial Scholarship in partnership with Library Bound, has been developed to help off-set costs for an OLA member to attend one of two signature events. For the OLA Super Conference, the scholarship will include a one (1) year membership with OLA/OPLA, the registration fees for the event and a monetary award towards the cost of travel/accommodations for the recipient to attend the event.
OLBA Travel Bursary
Once again OLBA is offering bursaries, which include free registration to public library board members living in distant communities to help defray the costs of attending Super Conference January 29 to February 1 2020 in Toronto. Deadline for applications November 15, 2019.
First Nation Library Workers
Those working in First Nation Public Libraries may attend Super Conference for free. (This includes a one year membership in OLA). Registration: Under Section B choose First Nation Library on the registration site. (Open October 7)
Spirit of Reconciliation Initiative:
Three librarians from First Nation Public Libraries will be sponsored to attend OLA Super Conference 2020, with resources from the Marjorie Flemming Mentoring Fund to cover travel and accommodation.
More information coming soon.