Librarian Travel Stipends

Supporting Professional Development for Librarians

The Tocker Foundation is proud to support the continuing education of our state’s rural librarians. This type of support is available for the two programs listed below. Applications are available via the links at the bottom of each program description or through our online application portal.

Texas Library Association (TLA) Travel Stipend

suitcaseThe Tocker Foundation is pleased to provide travel stipends for staff at rural libraries to attend the TLA’s annual conference. Attendees will enjoy opportunities to learn from experts in the field, find new vendors in the exhibit hall, network with their peers, hear from authors as well gain valuable CEU’s at designated sessions. The 2017 conference will be held in San Antonio, April 19-22, 2017. Library staff in towns of 12,000 or less qualify to apply for this grant. Staff directly involved in the day-to-day library operations and first-time attendees are the focus of this grant. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2017. Scroll down to bottom of page for a link to apply online.

For registration and information visit the TLA Conference Web Site

Travel Stipend Guidelines/Instructions: Word Doc


Small Library Management Training Program

The Small Library Management Training is an on-going educational program of the Texas State Library to provide management and foundational library skills to those without Master’s degrees in Library Science who work in small community libraries in Texas. SLM programs focus on administration, management, policy development, collection development, reference services and technology planning.

The Tocker Foundation is proud to continue its support of rural libraries by providing travel stipends to eligible libraries serving populations of 12,000 or less and at least 80 miles away from the nearest workshop location. Funds are to be used for expenses incurred while attending the workshop. One application covers all available workshops. Simply enter the name of the selected workshop when prompted to enter the Project Name on our online application.


You Can Do I.T. Basic Hardware and Software Skills Training

Take advantage of an in-person, hands-on workshop on the topic of basic hardware and software skills for public libraries and earn 6.5 TSLAC CE credit hours! It’s FREE for all Texas library staff. Learn from library technology expert, Carson Block, and let him de-mystify technology for you. Fall 2016 dates list. Go here for a full description. Use the link below to apply for a stipend via our online application system.


Leadership and Management Essentials: Emergency Management

This year’s Essentials workshop will guide participants through the leadership, personnel management, and financial management aspects of a natural disaster. Highly recommended for new directors, managers, anyone interested in becoming a manager, or anyone that would like a refresher. It’s FREE for all Texas library staff.

  • Day 1: Leadership – covers the fundamentals of leadership, strategic planning, and building partnerships.
  • Day 2: Management – focuses on personnel management, human resources, and policies.
  • Day 3: Financial Management – covers financial management, including budgeting and financial planning.

The instructor for this series is Julie Todaro, library leadership expert and American Library Association president.

Get all the details here.