RSP Fellowship
for Reference and Information Services

Purpose: To encourage college seniors, college graduates, or beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship.

Amount: The total amount of the Reference Service Press Fellowship was originally $2,000 and over the years has been raised to $3,000. Funds are distributed in 3 equal payments to the recipient by Reference Service Press, as the recipient completes each of 3 reference/information classes required by the fellowship with a grade of "B" or better (official transcript documentation required). One fellowship is awarded annually. Recipient has 4 years from the date of the award to complete the fellowship requirements (no extensions).

Eligibility: Applicants must be

  • college seniors or college graduates who have been accepted in an accredited MLS program (documentation required). Graduate students current enrolled in an MLS program are also eligible (as long as no more than 8 credits have been completed by the date of the award);
  • either 1) a California resident attending or planning to attend library school in any state or 2) a resident of any state pursuing or planning to pursue an MLS at a school in California;
  • interested in preparing for a career in reference or information service librarianship and, if awarded the fellowship, agree to take at least 3 classes specifically dealing with reference or information services. Students pursuing an MLS on a part-time or full-time basis are equally eligible to apply.

Selection: Selection is based on 1) academic record (transcripts required); 2) applicant essay (up to 1,000 words, typed, double spaced) on career plans and preparation; and 3) two letters of recommendation that support the applicant's interest in and potential for reference and information service.

Sponsor: The funding for this program is provided by Reference Service Press, a California-based publishing company. The program is administered by the California Library Association, an association of individuals and institutions devoted to the development of library service of the highest quality and maximum availability for all California residents.

Previous winners: Click here for a chronological list of previous winners.

Application process: This award is no longer offered.


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