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Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship


The purpose of the Ilene F. Rockman Scholarship is to subsidize conference attendance for members of the CARL community at the biennial CARL Conference or the biennial ACRL Conference, depending on the conference year. The objective of this scholarship is to encourage and support professional development in academic librarianship.


The following CARL members are encouraged to apply: library and information science students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (or its equivalent) towards their degree; and early-career librarians. Early-career librarians are defined as individuals working in the profession for no more than 6 years. Membership in CARL is required before or at the time of application.


The annual award amount is $1000. Distribution of the award funds will vary depending on the conference year. For example, during a CARL Conference year two recipients will receive $500 each. During an ACRL Conference year one recipient will receive $1000. Funding is intended to subsidize the cost of registration, travel, and accommodations. However, depending on the conference location, the award funds may not cover all expenses.

Application Packet

All applications must include the following:

  • Application form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (PDF) that outlines related work experience, professional activities, internships and honors
  • Personal Statement (PDF) A statement of 350 words or less that outlines your interest in academic librarianship, speaks to the other criteria below and addresses how your attendance at the conference will support your goals related to academic librarianship.


All applications must include examples of the following:

  • A commitment to a career in academic librarianship
  • A commitment to academics or continual learning
  • Proven leadership
  • Potential financial need
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent time and project management skills

Evidence in these areas may best be demonstrated by the personal statement indicating interest or work experience, volunteer work, teaching or other relevant employment, and publications.  Candidates should also indicate what specific competencies or characteristics they believe they have to offer the field of librarianship, what they can bring to the profession, and what they have done to demonstrate proven leadership potential. The criteria can also be demonstrated through the professional references or vita.

Submission Deadline

Applications must be received by Friday, December 2, 2016. Late or incomplete packets will not be considered.

Submit to:
Lucy Bellamy, Chair
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Scholarship Announcement

The scholarship committee will announce the recipient by January 27, 2017.

Submission Packet Checklist*

  • Membership in CARL
  • CARL/ACRLConference Scholarship Form
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (emailed direct from reference to
*Submit application packet via email to
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