This year, we were proud to continue the Access tradition of offering diversity scholarships for the conference. At Access in Saskatoon, we were able to provide all-inclusive scholarships that covered registration, travel, and accommodations for two attendees.
We would like to thank the 2017 diversity committee for their work developing the proposal criteria and assessing the many strong applications this year: committee chair Maha Kumaran (University of Saskatchewan), Naz Torabi (McGill), Ying Liu (University of Victoria), and Ray Fernandez (Nova Scotia Provincial Library).
We believe in the importance and value of this program so, to ensure it will continue in 2018 and beyond, we designated the $200 raised at our Friday trivia night social to the diversity scholarship fund.
We also received $100 in online donations during the conference from people following the conference on Twitter and watching the live stream. The 2017 organizers want to specially thank Tara Robertson and Francis Kayiwa for their generous support of the diversity scholarship program.
If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund for 2018, the 2017 organizing committee can accept e-transfers, cheques, and cash. Please get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or DM us on Twitter (@accesslibcon) to coordinate a donation.
Please watch the website and Twitter for information about the 2018 conference and diversity scholarship in early 2018.