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Digital Public Library of America West Plenary Travel Scholarships 2012


April 26-27, 2012

Please note: the application deadline for this opportunity was 5:00 PM EDT on March 19, 2012, and applications are no longer being accepted.

Scholarship recipients, please click here for travel and logistical information related to your attendance at the DPLA plenary session on April 27, 2012 (the document is posted in Word (.doc) format).

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), is pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for participation in the Digital Public Library of America West plenary session. This event will take place in San Francisco at the Internet Archive on April 27, 2012. This opportunity has been made possible through the generous financial support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and is part of the three-year program “Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge.” Potential participants should apply directly through CLIR. Registration for scholarship recipients will be handled by CLIR.

Participating in the DPLA West plenary session will offer library staff based in small to mid-sized private colleges and universities an important chance to become acquainted with the DPLA’s chief aims and to help shape its future directions. The plenary is intended to be an open and accessible forum that will “facilitate innovation, collaboration, and connections across the DPLA effort.” The plenary will also devote time to presentations by the interim technical development team. More information about the DPLA West plenary can be found at More information about the DPLA initiative in general can be found at

CLIR staff will host a mandatory orientation dinner on Thursday, April 26 for scholarship recipients. CLIR will also provide up to two nights accommodation at a hotel convenient to the meeting location for each scholarship winner. Scholarship winners may request reimbursement for up to $1000 in additional travel costs associated with participation in the meeting, in accordance with CLIR’s travel policy.

Library staff members from all small to mid-sized private colleges and universities are eligible. Potential participants from HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, and institutions with a high proportion of first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to:

  • those employed by CIC member institutions,
  • applicants committed to sharing the knowledge they will gain through participation with colleagues from other institutions in their regions, and to
  • applicants from institutions that have not already benefited from previous programming offered through the “Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge” project.

To apply, interested parties should send an e-mail to newcommunities at clir dot org by 5 PM (Eastern Daylight Time), March 19, 2012 to indicate their interest, addressing in no more than two paragraphs:

  • Why they wish to attend the DPLA West Plenary, and
  • How they believe they and/or their institutions could contribute to DPLA initiatives.

Applicants will be notified of their status by March 20, 2012. Questions about the application or other aspects of the program may be directed to CLIR Program Associate Lori Miller at lmiller at clir dot org. (Please substitute normal e-mail characters for “at” and “dot” in these addresses.)

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