The Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) is now accepting applications for the Ralph Papakhian Travel Grant. The grant supports attendance at the annual MOUG meeting and, in recognition of Ralph’s mentoring role in music librarianship, is especially intended to support newer members of the profession in both public and technical services.
The award offers a first-time MOUG attendee free conference registration for the MOUG annual meeting (March 1-2, 2016, immediately preceding the Music Library Association annual meeting); one year’s free membership in MOUG, including three issues of the MOUG Newsletter; and reimbursement of up to $200 in associated expenses (lodging, meals, etc.).
Preference will be given to applicants who are students, paraprofessionals, or professionals in the first five years of their professional careers; and who are likely to benefit from MOUG’s educational opportunities. This includes everyone who works with music materials in libraries or in library systems, whether they are music specialists or generalists. Professional and workplace need, financial need, past training and experience, demonstration of initiative, likely further contributions to the profession, and comments from reference letters are also considered. Applicants need not be current members of MOUG.
Applications are due October 1, 2015 and shall consist of a letter that includes a rationale for attending the MOUG annual meeting, an explanation of financial need, a brief vita, and the name of at least one person who will submit a letter (also due October 1) in support of the application.
All application materials shall be sent by e-mail, either as in-text messages or as attachments in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format, to the MOUG Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Casey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Letters of support should be sent directly by their authors, not by the applicants.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by e-mail no later than November 1, 2015.
For more information about MOUG, please see www.musicoclcusers.org. MOUG has helped train and mentor dozens of music library professionals, and has helped shape the OCLC products and services we use every day. Please help distribute this announcement as widely as possible.