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Genealogy

The AGLHRT Genealogy Conference Stipend Committee awards a $500 stipend each year to cover the cost of registration and conference expenses for a librarian or paraprofessional who works with a genealogy collection or genealogy patrons.

Recipients must

  • Be a member of the Texas Library Association;
  • Be employed as a librarian or paraprofessional in a Texas Library;
  • Work with a genealogy collection or genealogy patrons;
  • Agree to be an AGLHRT volunteer during the conference;
  • Submit a completed application form and letter of reference on or before the stated deadline;
  • Submit a report evaluating the conference, stating whether it fulfilled expectations, and what was learned that can be used in the recipient’s library. Report must be written and submitted to the Genealogy Conference Stipend Committee Chair within 30 days of the end of the conference; and
  • Agree to attend all AGLHRT sponsored or co-sponsored preconferences, programs and/or meetings during the conference.

Deadline

Submit application and letter of reference postmarked by January 10 for the conference in the spring of that year to:

Laurie Mahaffey, Chair, Genealogy Conference Stipend Committee
Central Texas Library System, Inc.
5555 North Lamar Blvd., Suite L-115
Austin, Texas 78751

Application Evaluation

Genealogy Conference Stipend Committee members will use the following guidelines that are listed in priority order with the most important first.

  • The applicant demonstrates interest in professional development.
  • The applicant attends genealogy workshops. (How are they involved?)
  • The applicant shows commitment to libraries (TLA membership, attendance at district meetings, etc.).
  • The applicant has good written and oral communication skills.
  • The applicant states why they want the stipend and how they will use what they learn.

An attempt will be made over the years to award stipends to applicants from all parts of the state and from all sizes of libraries.

Funds

An amount of $400 will be given to the stipend winner prior to the TLA Annual Conference. The Genealogy Conference Stipend Committee chair will contact the TLA office about the advance, which will help defray registration and conference expenses. The balance will be paid as indicated above.

Committee Selection

The Chair of AGLHRT will appoint the Chair of the Genealogy Conference Stipend Committee from among committee member volunteers.

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