The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has announced the receipt of its first corporate gift. EBSCO Publishing, a leading content provider for libraries, has provided a very generous donation to support this newly-established grant.
Candidates for an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree are eligible to apply for the grant which will subsidize attendance at either the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting or the Annual Conference. Successful recipients will be selected based on economic need and the quality of an essay written according to criteria set by the grant’s board of directors. Each grant will be in the amount of $1,500.00.
The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant honors the memory of the late Bob Asleson, one of the information industry’s most creative and prolific executives. An advisor and guide to countless members of the profession, Bob’s 50-year career spanned both traditional and innovative technologies, from reference materials to CD-ROMs to online databases. He held presidential positions at several leading industry companies and served on countless industry organization boards. This grant was established by Bob’s friends and colleagues within the information industry.
Tim Collins, president, EBSCO Publishing, said, “As a company with a long history of serving libraries, EBSCO Publishing understands the dedication and innovation-focused mindset of Bob Asleson. Supporting the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant is a small way to help continue Bob’s legacy of service to libraries and to support the next generation of library leaders.”
Iris L. Hanney, president of the grant’s board of directors and founder of Unlimited Priorities Corporation, responded: “The board of directors deeply appreciates this generous donation from EBSCO Publishing. It is fitting that the initial corporate donation should come from a company that has long been involved in all aspects of service to the library community, as Bob was. We thank EBSCO Publishing, and look forward to benefiting from the generosity of many additional companies throughout the industry.”
Grant details, including donation information, are available at www.aslesongrant.org.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.