1. What is the purpose of the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign?
2. How much will be awarded in scholarship funding for the ACRL 2017 Conference?
3. What are the selection criteria for scholarship applicants?
4. How can I find out what other ACRL groups are doing to support the campaign?
5. How can we track progress toward achieving our group goal?
6. Why does the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign end on December 31, 2016?
7. Should division-level committees include fundraising plans in their annual work plans?
8. How much money do we need to raise to fund a named scholarship?
9. Our group wants to raise funds for one or more named scholarships. Who is eligible to receive a named scholarship?
10. Will there be ACRL 2017 scholarships for mid-career applicants?
11. What is the deadline for funding a named scholarship?
12. How will scholarship recipients be chosen for named scholarships?
13. What happens if our group wants to fund a scholarship but falls short of our goal?
14. What happens if our group raises more than is needed for one full named scholarship, but not enough for a second scholarship?
15. What will happen if ACRL raises more than $50,000 in scholarship funds?
16. Will ACRL increase the amount of the scholarship award?
17. Can my section use FY16 or FY17 Basic Services Funds to make a donation to the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign?
18. How does a section chair make a Basic Services Fund donation?
19. How do I donate so that my contribution is counted towards my committee, section, interest group, or chapter goal?
20. If I belong to two or three groups (e.g. a committee, an IG, etc.) can my one donation be credited to all of my communities?
21. How will individual donors be recognized?
22. Will individual donors to a group goal be recognized?
23. How will donors be thanked? Is there a stewardship process?
24. Who can I contact if I have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQ?

1. What is the purpose of the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign? The fundraising campaign seeks to award scholarships to 75 more individuals to attend the ACRL 2017 Conference to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland. ACRL leaders have been invited to ensure the vitality of the profession by raising $50,000 in additional scholarship funding. We seek to increase our capacity to build the skills and abilities of the next generation of academic and research librarians.

2. How much will be awarded in scholarship funding for the ACRL 2017 Conference? ACRL has budgeted $72,500 for 100 scholarships and seeks to raise $50,000 in order to fund an additional 75 scholarships.

3. What are the selection criteria for scholarship applicants? Specific criteria for the six scholarship categories can be found on the ACRL 2017 website. In all cases, preference will be given to:

  • Applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds.
  • Applicants employed at institutions or in a position to serve, under-represented groups.
  • Applicants employed in an academic or research library.
  • Applicants who have not previously been awarded an ACRL scholarship.

4. How can I find out what other ACRL groups are doing to support the campaign? Our group hasn’t decided on a goal and it would be helpful to get some ideas. Lori Goetsch, ACRL 2017 Conference Campaign Chair, has been contacting ACRL leaders regarding their fundraising project plans. A complete list is available here.

5. How can we track progress toward achieving our group goal? Progress toward group goals will be reported weekly. If your group has a participation goal, for example, we will publish the percentage of group members who have contributed and the amount raised. If your group has a dollar goal, we will publish the amount and percentage of goal raised.

6. Why does the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign end on December 31, 2016? The ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarships Committee will meet in January 2017 to make scholarship selections. The amount of funding received by the end of the year will determine how many additional scholarships can be awarded by the committee. If additional funds are raised, we can increase the number of scholarships and/or travel stipends.

7. Should division-level committees include fundraising plans in their annual work plans? Yes. Final drafts of work plans are due on Friday, August 12, 2016. If this is not in your draft work plan, and your group plans to raise funds, please include your project in your final version.

8. How much money do we need to raise to fund a named scholarship? $745.

9. Our group wants to raise funds for one or more named scholarships. Who is eligible to receive a named scholarship? Named scholarships will be awarded to librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge. Scholarship applicants must be ACRL members and a member of your section or interest group and have less than six years of post-MLS professional library experience in a librarian role (excluding work study or student work) and currently employed in a library. Preference will be given to applicants employed in an academic or research library. Applicants must be recommended by their dean, director, or immediate supervisor. For more information, visit the ACRL 2017 website.

10. Will there be ACRL 2017 scholarships for mid-career applicants? There is funding for 25 mid-career librarian scholarships to provide opportunities for librarians with more than six and less than fifteen years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience. For complete information, visit the ACRL 2017 website.

11. What is the deadline for funding a named scholarship? Groups that wish to raise $745 (or multiples thereof) can establish a named scholarship. If you’d like progress reported on the ACRL fundraising web site for your named scholarship fundraising drive, please let us know of your intention to raise funds no later than September 30, 2016. Groups have until December 31, 2016 to achieve their target.

12. How will scholarship recipients be chosen for named scholarships? The ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarships Committee will review scholarship applications and select recipients. Section and interest group scholarships will be awarded by the Scholarship Committee to members of the respective groups. Division-level committee scholarships will be awarded to a deserving scholarship applicant. Chapter scholarships will be awarded to an ACRL member in the chapter region or state.

13. What happens if our group wants to fund a scholarship but falls short of our goal? You might consider inviting past section, committee, or chapter leaders to contribute to your campaign, but if your effort falls short, funds will go into the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund pool and help to fund additional ACRL 2017 Conference scholarships. Your group will be recognized for contributing a specific amount to the campaign.

14. What happens if our group raises more than is needed for one full named scholarship, but not enough for a second scholarship? Your group will be recognized as having funded one full scholarship; the additional funds will go into the ACRL Conference Scholarship Campaign pool and help to fund additional ACRL 2017 Conference scholarships. Your group will be recognized for funding one (or more) named scholarships and contributing additional funds to the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign.

15. What will happen if ACRL raises more than $50,000 in scholarship funds? If the campaign raises more than $50,000, the ACRL 2017 Scholarships Committee will decide where there is the greatest need. Additional funds may be used to increase travel stipends and/or provide additional scholarships for the ACRL 2017 Conference.

16. Will ACRL increase the amount of the scholarship award? If the campaign raises more than $50,000, the additional funds may be used to increase travel stipends and/or provide additional scholarships for the ACRL 2017 Conference. This will not affect the amount required to fund a named scholarship.

17. Can my section use FY16 or FY17 Basic Services Funds to make a donation to the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign? Yes: the goal of the fundraising campaign is to raise additional funds from personal donations, and although sections can contribute Basic Services Funds to the campaign, we encourage sections to raise matching funds from section members.

18. How does a section chair make a Basic Services Fund donation? Section chairs can notify their staff liaison Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org or 312-280-2514 by December 15, 2016.

19. How do I donate so that my contribution is counted towards my committee, section, interest group, or chapter goal? There are three ways to make sure your donation is counted towards a group goal – online donations, payments by check, and pledges. Visit the How To Contribute page for detailed instructions for giving to the campaign.

20. If I belong to two or three groups (e.g. a committee, an IG, etc.) can my one donation be credited to all of my communities?Yes, we can allocate your donation among committees, sections, and/or interest groups. Visit the How To Contribute page for detailed instructions for giving to the campaign. There is a place on the online giving form to indicate which groups you would like to credit your gift to. You may also indicate percentages or amounts if the gift is not to be evenly divided.

21. How will individual donors be recognized? All donors to the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign will be recognized on the fundraising section of the ACRL web site. The ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign pages will recognize donors who have made a formal pledge or donation. ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship Campaign donors are also recognized on the ACRL Friends website on the 2016 honor wall.

Donors will also receive additional recognition and acknowledgement as noted below:

  • Contributors: Donors who give up to $185 will receive an ACRL Contributor ribbon.
  • Advocates: Donors who give $185-$370 receive an ACRL Advocate ribbon, and reserved seating at the ACRL 2017 keynote presentations. Donors will also be invited to our special donor appreciation celebration reception in March 2017 in Baltimore.
  • Stewards: With a gift of $371-$554 by December 31, 2016, donors will receive an ACRL Steward ribbon, reserved seating at the ACRL 2017 keynote presentations, and a donor profile on the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship website. Donors will also be invited to our special donor appreciation reception in March 2017 in Baltimore.
  • Investors: With a gift of $555-$739 by December 31, 2016, donors will be invited to our special donor appreciation reception in March 2017 in Baltimore. Donors also receive an ACRL Investor ribbon, reserved seating at the 2017 keynote presentations, and a donor profile on the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship website.
  • Visionaries: With a gift of $740, donors and their guests will be invited to the Scholarship Breakfast and our special donor appreciation reception in March 2017 in Baltimore. Donors also receive an ACRL Visionary ribbon, reserved seating at the 2017 keynote presentations, a donor profile on the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship website, and an invitation to participate in a focus group.
  • Benefactors: With a gift greater than $740, donors and their guests will be invited to the Scholarship Breakfast and our special donor appreciation reception in March 2017 in Baltimore. Donors also receive an ACRL Benefactor ribbon, reserved seating at the 2017 keynote presentations, a donor profile on the ACRL 2017 Conference Scholarship website, and an invitation to participate in a focus group.

22. Will individual donors to a group goal be recognized? Yes, individual donors who contribute to group goals are recognized on the Group Fundraising page.

23. How will donors be thanked? Is there a stewardship process? All donors receive formal thank-you letters from the ALA Executive Director, the ACRL Executive Director, and a handwritten note from the ACRL President.

Group leaders will be notified when members have made contributions toward group goals and will receive contact information so that the leader can make a personal phone call or send an email.

24. Who can I contact if I have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQ? If you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQ, please contact Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL Associate Director, at mpetrowski@ala.org or 312-280-253.