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YART Annual Conference Stipend

The Young Adult Round Table is excited to offer five stipends to cover full conference registration and five travel reimbursement awards (up to $300 each) for the 2024 TLA Annual Conference. The purpose of this stipend is to encourage participation in the Annual Conference and the Young Adult Round Table (YART). 

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify, you must:

  • Be currently employed as a library worker with a focus on teen and young adult services in Texas – Grades 6-12.
  • Work 120 miles or more away from the location of this year’s Annual Conference – San Antonio, Texas.
  • Be a member of TLA and YART.
  • Not have previously been awarded YART funds between April 2023 and April 2024.

Application 

Deadline to apply is February 25, 2024 at midnight.

Please use the planning sheet and evaluation rubric to organize your application.

Timeline

  • February 2 – Application form available.
  • February 25 – Application deadline.
  • March 11 – Notifications will be sent to the recipients and the TLA office.
  • March 18 – All other applicants notified.
  • May 31 – Travel reimbursement awardees shall submit their documentation to the YART Chair within 30 days of the TLA Annual Conference.

Application Evaluation

YART is committed to intentionally choosing a group of recipients to enhance the diversity of conference participants. Recognizing that diversity in attendees helps ensure that YART’s foundation of professional and career development in turn supports the needs of all young adults in Texas, the goal is to bring in as many NEW, historically underrepresented perspectives as feasible.  Thus, we’ll consider how the following will be reflected in the suite of awardees.

  • Variety of TLA districts
  • Contribution from historically underrepresented perspectives such as low socioeconomic status, gender diversity in the library ecosystem (i.e. male, nonbinary, or transgender applicants), BIPOC, diversity of sexuality, religious minority, and disability status
  • Balance of school and other library environments
  • Balance of library service area sizes (i.e. small vs. large)

Funds

Conference registration stipends will be issued directly to TLA; whereas, travel reimbursement awards shall be made available to the recipient upon the submission of receipts. 

Travel reimbursement awards may provide a one-time funding to offset expenses for: Travel within Texas, incidentals (transportation, shuttle, tolls, parking fees, etc.), and meals in order to facilitate attendance at the 2024 Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Please note the following regarding the travel reimbursement award: 

  • Rates for meals and incidentals must follow the rates found at GSA.gov.
  • All mileage must be verified by Google maps showing any needed car travel and must fall within GSA per diem limits.
  • Applicants working within 120 miles of San Antonio, Texas are not eligible.

While every effort will be made to provide recipients with the amounts requested, YART reserves the right to provide partial funding based on the number of applicants and/or on budgetary limitations.

For more information, please contact yart@members.txla.org