The Reference Service Press Fellowship encourages college seniors, college graduates, and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship.
The Fellowship has been offered annually since 1993. It is provided by Reference Service Press, the only publishing company in the United States specializing solely in the development of print and electronic sources of information on financial aid for specific groups, including women, minorities, the disabled, individuals interested in going abroad, and veterans, military personnel, and their dependents.
A maximum of one scholarship is awarded each year. The recipient is awarded $3,000, a one-year student membership to CLA, and a certificate of recognition. He or she is honored at the CLA Awards Ceremony during the annual conference and is encouraged to enroll into CLA's Mentoring Program.
The Reference Service Press Fellowship is open to (1) college seniors or college graduates who have been accepted in an accredited master's degree program in library/information studies (documentation is required) or (2) graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited master's degree program in library/information students (full or part time) who will have completed no more than eight credits when the award is made.
Applicants must be either (1) California residents enrolled in or planning to work on a master's degree at a graduate school of library/information studies accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) OR (2) Residents of any state enrolled in or planning to work on a master's degree at a graduate school of library/information studies in California that is accredited by ALA.
Applicants must be interested in preparing for a career in reference or information service and must agree, if awarded the fellowship, to then take at least three classes specifically dealing with reference or information service.
How to apply
Applicants should submit the following to CLA:
Final official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts. The names and locations of institutions attended and highest degree completed should be included.
Documentation confirming your acceptance into an ALA-accredited library/information program.
A short biographical statement describing your background and how you became interested in librarianship. If selected, this statement may be used in publicity (maximum 125 words).
Two letters of recommendation that are specific to the fellowship and support your interest in and attest to your potential for a career in reference/information service.
An essay discussing your future career plans in reference/information service and the preparation you have made and will make to realize these plans. Please ensure that your essay is complete, grammatically correct, and spell-checked (maximum 1,000 words).
Please note: when submitting supplementary files by email, please label your files as follows: RSP_your last name_document (e.g.: RSP_smith_bio; RSP_smith_letter of rec1).
Applications should be submitted using the online application form below. Supplementary files may be emailed to Natalie Cole.
The Reference Service Press Fellowship is coordinated by CLA's Reference Service Press Fellowship Committee.
Funds are distributed in 3 equal payments to the recipient by Reference Service Press, as the recipient completes each of 3 pre-approved ALA-accredited reference/information classes required by the Fellowship with a grade of "B" or better (official transcript documentation is required).
The Fellowship is designed to support future coursework rather than courses already completed.
The award recipient has four years from the date of the award to complete the Fellowship requirements (no extensions are permitted).
Award recipients will be asked to submit a photograph to be used in award publicity.
Applications and all supplementary materials must be received by 5:00pm on the submission deadline.
Reference Service Press Fellowship Committee
Kathleen DiGiovanni, Oakland Public Library
Rachel Ferensowicz, UCLA
Michele Huie, Santa Clara County Library District