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CONFERENCE FUNDING GUIDELINES:
As the official student chapter of the American Library Association, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the Special Library Association at the University of South Carolina, LISSA is committed to providing its members with opportunities for professional growth. The organization allows its active, dues-paying members to receive monetary funds for conference attendance and participation. Below are a list of requirements an applicant must meet in order to be considered by the LISSA officers to receive financial assistance for conferences.Granting of funds is contingent upon:
- LISSA membership. ONLY active, dues-paying LISSA members will receive LISSA funds. Dues must be paid and the applicant’s member form on file. Distance students who are active, dues-paying members of LISSA will receive the same consideration as those students who live in the Columbia, SC area.
- LISSA involvement. Priority is given to students who have attended at least one LISSA meeting or event (i.e., a monthly member meeting or a planned social event), as well as participated in one project or volunteer occasion (i.e., participating in annual calendar project or planned volunteer occasion) during the semester prior to the submission deadline. Additionally, priority will be given to those who are currently LISSA officers, or have previously held an officer position.
- Current enrollment. Students in their last semester of the program will be given priority.
- Grades/GPA. Students must be in good standing and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Type of conference. ALA, ASIST, and SLA conference attendance will be given priority.
- Student’s role in conference. Students who are presenting research or a project at the conference will be given priority over those students who are requesting funds only to attend a conference.
- Previous conference funding received from LISSA. Those students who have not previously received LISSA funds will be given priority.
- Submit receipts at the end of the conference confirming attendance.
- Share their experience with LISSA by writing an article for SLISten Up!; writing a post for the LISSA blog (500-750 words); or speaking at a LISSA member meeting.
- May 1 for conferences held between July 1 and December 31.
- December 1 for conferences held between January 1 and June 30.