You may recall, way back when, HangingTogether was launched as a place where libraries, archives, and museums can intersect. We don’t always do that (as Lorcan pointed out to me, very nicely, at the OCLC Blog Salon), but we do provide a place where the LAM community can at least bump into one another, or into one another’s worlds.
Happily, RLG is not the only organization thinking about providing opportunities for convergence. The Rare Books and Manuscripts 2006 preconference (to ALA) will be on libraries, archives, and museums in the 21st century. Even better, RBMS was able to secure funding to offer scholarships for young professionals who are interested in attending the conference. Not just scholarships, but very generous scholarships. More information on the conference and on the scholarships below.
I’ll be attending the conference, as will Günter and Jim. It will be an event full of LAM-y goodness, and we hope to see you there.
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IMLS OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND ACRL/RBMS CONFERENCE ON LIBRARIES,
ARCHIVES, AND MUSEUMS
The Institute for Library and Museum Services (IMLS) has provided
funding for thirty new and aspiring professionals to attend a major
national conference organized by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
(RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a
division of the American Library Association (ALA). Entitled,
“Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the 21st Century: Intersecting
Missions, Converging Futures?,” the conference will explore issues of
mutual interest to libraries, archives, and museums. It will be held on
20-23 June 2006 in Austin, Texas, with the Harry Ransom Humanities
Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin serving as the
primary host for the expected 300 attendees.
Students currently enrolled in graduate program of library and
information science or archival or museums studies, or graduates from
such programs with less than five years of professional experience are
eligible to apply for the IMLS-funded scholarships, which are designed
to cover all costs associated with attending the conference, including
registration, airfare, lodging and meals. At least ten scholarships will
be reserved for applicants from professionally underrepresented
backgrounds. Further information and an online application form are
available from the conference web site at
http ://www.hrc.utexas.edu/rbms2006. The deadline for applications has
been extended to March 30, 2006.
The two-and-a-half-day conference program will include a series of
plenary sessions that will address a broad range of topics from
comparative viewpoints, including collecting purposes and strategies,
audiences and access, legal issues, and professional education and
development. A variety of seminar sessions and facilitated discussions
will complement the conference theme. Participants will also be able to
take advantage of special tours of the recently renovated Ransom Center
and Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and
Museum, and other local cultural facilities.
General registration will begin in February 2006, with an early-bird
rate of $195. Lodging at the conference hotel, the Stephen F. Austin
InterContinental in downtown Austin, will include rates from $99 to $129
per night. Additional hotel and dormitory lodging options will also be
Questions about the IMLS scholarships may be addressed to Tory Ondrla,
Meeting and Special Events Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org).