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IMLS Grant Forum Applications Now Open

The “Identifying Gaps and Opportunities in Professional Development Support for Managers” grant team invites applications to participate in an in-person forum in August 2024. This forum will engage a diverse group of academic library workers in a structured design process to develop a preliminary plan for a meaningful and unique national program focused on enhancing management skills and fostering a management community of practice. We hope you will consider applying to join us!


We want to include participants with a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds in academic libraries to participate in the forum. We especially welcome applications from early career library workers, community college library workers, and those in coordinator and student supervisor roles. We hope to bring together a wide range of perspectives from academic library workers, so if you are interested in the future of management education and support in academic libraries, please apply! We anticipate having approximately 25 seats available via application.


The Forum will be held July 31-August 2, 2024 on the UC San Diego campus. Thanks to generous funding by IMLS, the following items will be covered for all attendees:


  • Airfare and/or ground transportation to the UC San Diego campus

  • Two nights in single-occupancy campus housing (July 31-August 2)

  • Dinner on July 31; all meals on August 1; and breakfast and lunch on August 2


This opportunity is only available to academic library workers in the US and Canada, but we anticipate having other opportunities for international colleagues to plug into this project.


To view the application form and apply, please visit:


Applications are due by Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific, and selected applicants will be contacted by May 10.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant RE-254898-OLS-23.


FAQs are available. Other questions? Please send them to

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