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*Call for nominations for Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant

*Deadline for nominations and applications is December 1, 2018.*

This grant was established in 2017 by the Cataloging and Metadata
Management Section (CaMMS) of the Association for Library Collections &
Technical Services (ALCTS) to honor the career and influence of Lois Mai
Chan, distinguished leader, author, and mentor in the field of metadata
creation and standards.

Over four decades, Chan was instrumental in the development of standards
and best practices, writing over sixty scholarly articles and outstanding
text books on cataloging and classification. She was a member of the
American Library Association since 1960, serving on numerous committees
including the Subject Analysis Committee, the International Relations
Committee, and the executive Committee of the Cataloging and Classification
Section. Chan was active in the International Federation of Library
Associations (IFLA) where she a member of the Classification and Indexing
Standing Committee and Knowledge Management Standing Committee, and the
Working Group on the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records
(FRSAR). Chan also contributed to the enhancement or creation of the major
schemas for subject analysis as a consultant to the Library of Congress on
the Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Library of Congress
Classification and to OCLC on the Dewey Decimal Classification and the
Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST). She was the 1989
recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation, the highest honor in cataloging
bestowed by the American Library Association, and the 2006 recipient of the
Beta Phi Mu Award, presented to a library school faculty member or to an
individual for distinguished service to education in librarianship. This
grant recognizes Chan’s wide ranging contributions and deep commitment to
the field of library cataloging and classification.

The Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant is awarded by the ALCTS
Cataloging and Metadata Management Section to provide librarians and
paraprofessionals from under-represented groups new to the metadata field
with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages
professional development through active participation at the national
level.  The grant is to be used for airfare, lodging, and registration fees
to attend the ALA Annual Conference.

Nominees or applicants must:

   1. Have ten or fewer years of experience in the field of metadata
   creation and/or management
   2. Identify with one or more of the following groups:
   - Historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups
      - Those discriminated against based on gender or sexual identities
      and expressions
      - Those from protected classes including, but not limited to, age,
      religion, and disability status
      - Those discriminated against based on nationality or language
      - Those who experience socio-economic barriers
      - People geographically isolated
      - People experiencing financial need
      - Immigrants, refugees, and new Americans
   3. Exhibit evidence of or interest in a career as a library metadata
   specialist as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not
   limited to) past coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and
   4. Have 1-3 recommendations from colleague(s)
   5. Express desire as stated in a short essay (up to 500 words) on the
   following theme: How would receiving the Lois Mai Chan Professional
   Development Grant further your professional development goals?
   6. Be willing to participate in designated conference events:
   - Work with a member of the jury or the CaMMS Executive Committee to
      identify relevant programs and interest group sessions to attend
      - Attend at least one CaMMS program, committee meeting, or interest
      group meeting
      - Submit a brief report on the conference experience for ALCTS News

Note: Membership in ALA, ALCTS, and/or CaMMS is not required to be eligible
for the grant. Preference will be given to applicants who have never
attended an ALA Annual Conference.

Nominations and applications shall include:

   1. Name, address, phone number, and email address of the nominee and
   nominating party or applicant
   2. Letter of application or nomination
   3. At least one, but no more than three, letter(s) of recommendation
   from professional colleague(s) who know the candidate and their work
   4. A resume or curriculum vitae
   5. A short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme: How would
   receiving the Lois Mai Chan Professional Development Grant further your
   professional development goals?
   6. Send nominations and applications via email to the grant jury chair,
   Amber Billey ([log in to unmask]).

Nominations and applications for persons not selected for the grant in one
year may be resubmitted provided the person still meets the criteria.
Previous winners are not eligible.

The grant consists of $1,000 cash, an individual registration for the ALA
Annual Conference, and a citation. The grant is applicable toward airfare,
lodging, and other ticketed events related to ALA Annual Conference
attendance. The grant is made possible by a donation by Netanel Ganin.

The grant is presented during the American Library Association Annual
Conference each year at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting.
The first grant will be awarded in 2018.

*Awards Jury*
For nomination information contact Amber Billey ([log in to unmask]), chair
of the Chan Professional Development Grant Jury