Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship

Financial assistance is available for a library school student to attend the annual SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) conference. The purpose of the Scholarship is to offer an introduction to academic librarianship, provide professional growth opportunities and encourage involvement with SUNYLA.

The Scholarship is a voucher covering:

  • Travel (maximum $ 350) and lodging costs
  • Registration fees
  • Conference meals

You qualify if:

  • You are currently enrolled in a New York State ALA-accredited MLS program or its equivalent,  OR you are a NYS resident attending an ALA accredited library school online or in another state.
  • You have graduated from an MLS program within the last 12 months, but are not yet professionally employed in a library.

For 2018:

To apply: Please provide a letter (one to two pages) highlighting how attending a SUNYLA conference will increase your understanding of the profession. In your letter, include one paragraph that describes a challenge facing academic libraries that you are interested in learning about in more depth.

Suggested topics: Archives and Special Collections, Library Spaces and Services, Technology and Social Media, Collection Development, Open Educational Resources

The essay will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity, Uniqueness of perspective
  • Strength of support for the ideas presented
  • Overall letter quality, including appropriate business letter format

To apply: Please email your letter including short paragraph on your current work experience in libraries and contact information, by April 20, 2018.  Email your letter to:

Kim Myers
SUNY Brockport

The Daniel F. Kissane Scholarship Committee will review the letters and notify the recipient by May 11, 2018.

For more details about the conference visit SUNYLA.


Dan Kissane (May 23, 1963-November 19, 2004) was a Reference and Instruction Librarian at SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library.  He was an active and valued member of SUNYLA as well as other associations including the American Library Association.  For more information about Dan, please see an article written about him on page 18 of the February 2005 issue of the SUNYLA Newsletter.