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2018 Groner-Wikler Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the Groner-Wikler scholarship for AJL conference attendance.  The application deadline is March 2, 2018.     

The Groner-­Wikler Scholarship of $1500 for conference attendance is generously underwritten by Kar-Ben Publishing and given annually to a member of AJL who demonstrates dedication to Jewish children’s literature or library services.

A member of AJL, this individual will have made a significant contribution in one or more of the areas listed below. Extra consideration is given to applicants who are considered promising new movers and shakers in the field of Jewish children’s literature and services. 


-     Active involvement in the Judaic library profession or related fields promoting Jewish children’s literacy

-     Strong advocacy for library/literacy services to children and youth

-    Positive role model to colleagues and the wider community

-     Innovative approaches to Jewish children’s literature or library services


Candidates may self-nominate, or be nominated by others. The nominator does not have to be a member of AJL, but the nominee must be a current AJL member. The winner will be selected by a committee made up of the AJL SSC President and Vice-President, the children’s book editor(s) of AJL Reviews, and the previous year’s winner of this award.

The recipient will be notified well before the registration deadline for the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference. The presentation of the award will take place during the AJL conference.

Note: If a suitable candidate is not found, the scholarship will not be awarded in that year.

Nominator or applicant (may self-nominate) should fill out the form and email it with any supporting materials to AJL SSC President Kathy Bloomfield at kathybloomfield@gmail.com  by March 2, 2018. Please put “2018 Groner-Wikler Scholarship” in the subject line.

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