Yesterday I posted asking people about what kind of things they want to see at the Seattle meeting. PLEASE keep the suggestions coming!
In one of the comments Halyna mentioned that some librarians do not get any funding or partial funding so having discounts, coupons available for restaurants, attractions would be very helpful. I am all about coupons and I like the idea…and I will pass it on to the LAC who would be in the best position to find coupons or discounts as the meeting draws near. But Halyna’s comment also served as the perfect reminder that librarians facing travel money issues have various opportunities to help pay to attend the meeting.
There is still time to enter to the contest sponsored by the NPC to win $400 toward the meeting. How do you win? Simply submit the best method you used to justify your attendance at an MLA annual meeting to receive funding from their institutions or employers. Two people with the best stories will win $400 towards either travel expenses or registration for the Seattle meeting. So far there aren’t a lot of submissions so your odds of winning are VERY good if you submit. You must enter by November 1, 2011! So get to your computer and type something out and submit it!
You also might want to check out if the MLA Section you belong to is providing scholarships to attend the meeting. As a member and current Chair of the Medical Informatics Section, I know that we have recently been offering a travel grant each year to an MIS member to help with traveling to the MLA annual meeting. Perhaps your one of the sections you belong to is doing something similar.
As the dollar gets tighter we have to get more creative about finding ways to be able to attend the meeting. The travel grants are out there for this meeting, it is up to you to try and get them. If you don’t apply you certainly won’t get them. If you do apply and for some unlucky reason you don’t get a travel grant and can’t afford to go, don’t forget about attending as an e-conference participant!