George N. Atiyeh Prize 2016

MELA-FBRoundLogo2The Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) announces competition for the George N. Atiyeh Prize for financial aid in attending this year’s annual meetings of MELA 15-17 November 2016 and of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) 17-20 November 2016. The MELA conference this year is being held in Cambridge, MA, on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the MESA conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Awardees receive a cash award of $250 and have their registration fees for both MELA and MESA paid, in addition to a networking dinner with MELA attendees (total estimated value $500).

Awardees agree to attend the entirety of both the MELA and MESA conferences, to allow their names and photographs to be used in any publicity by MELA or other organizations contacted by MELA, and to write a report on their conference experience to be published in MELA Notes, the open-access, official journal of MELA (

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library/information science program.

Please submit the following information no later than 7 October 2016 via e-mail to at least one of the George Atiyeh Prize Committee members listed at the end of this announcement:

  1. Name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of program in which currently enrolled
  2. Current resume or C.V.
  3. Personal Statement of maximum two (2) pages that includes the following:
  4. Description of your academic, work-related or other background in Middle East studies and/or librarianship
  5. Statement of your career goals, including a description of your current course of study
  6. Statement of why you wish to attend these meetings
  7. Names, postal addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of two references

Applicants will be notified of Prize awards no later than 10 October 2016. Awardees must complete MESA registration by 24 October 2016 in order to take advantage of the lower pre-registration fee.

The George N. Atiyeh Prize was founded by the Middle East Librarians Association in 1999 to honor Dr. Atiyeh, retired Head of the Near East Section of the Library Congress, and founding member of both MELA and the Middle East Microform Project (MEMP), for his many contributions to Middle East librarianship and scholarship. Dr. Atiyeh is the first and only honorary life member of MELA.