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Awards & Scholarships

GLA Awards

Each year the Georgia Library Association recognizes exemplary library service and advocacy in Georgia through a variety of awards for librarians, library staff, trustees and vendors/friends. Detailed information about GLA awards the nomination process is available on the Awards page.

GLA Paraprofessional Awards

The Paraprofessional Division of the Georgia Library Association paraprofessional grants are given to full-time library paraporfessionals to facilitate their attendance at GaCOMO. In addition, each winner receives an awards plaque, and a one-year free paraprofessional membership in the Georgia Library Association. To apply download and complete the following documents:
Paraprofessional Award Application Form
Paraprofessional Award Recommendation Form
Application deadline is July 15, 2015.

GLMA Exemplary Library Award

The Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and the Georgia Library Association (GLA) recognize and honor three exemplary and three exceptional library media programs. In order to identify and highlight these programs, GLMA and GLA are soliciting applications from schools. Library media programs in three schools (elementary, middle and high) are selected for this recognition. Library media specialists throughout the state and GLMA and GLA select the recipients based on the school's written application, letters of support, a possible telephone interview and/ or an on-site visit. This program is an opportunity to describe how the Library media program is meeting school improvement goals and increasing student achievement. To apply download and complete the following documents:
Exemplary Library Application and Directions
Exemplary Media Program Scoring Document
Application deadline is June 1, 2015

GLA Scholarships

The Beard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made possible by friends and colleagues of the late Charles Edward Beard who served libraries and the library profession for almost 40 years with distinction and dedication.  The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance toward completing a Master's degree in library science for candidates who show strong potential to inspire and motivate their peers in the profession and in professional associations.

The Hubbard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made possible by the family and friends of Mr. C. S. Hubbard, an early supporter of libraries in Georgia. The purpose of the scholarship is to recruit excellent librarians for Georgia and provide financial assistance toward completing a Master's degree in library science.

Detailed information about GLA Scholarships and the application process is available on the Scholarships page.

GLA Sponsorships of ALA Emerging Leaders

The Georgia Library Association is pleased be a sponsor of the ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program, selecting one Georgia librarian to participate each year. The EL is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations. The sponsored Georgia librarian receives $1,000 to assist with expenses to attend the ALA Annual and Mid-Winter Conferences.

GLA sponsored librarians:

Kristin Stout 2010
Diane Fulkerson 2009
Crystal Renfro 2008
Sarah Steiner 2007

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