In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services has awarded seven librarians $1,000 scholarships to attend the ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, June 26– July 1, 2014. The EBSCO ALA Annual Conference Sponsorship is an annual award consisting of $1,000 for actual reimbursed expenses designed to allow librarians to attend the conference.
The scholarship winners, including five first-time attendees, are:
- Elena Safia Azadbakht, reference librarian, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.
- Casey Hoeve, content development librarian for Arts, Architecture and the Humanities, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
- Karen Grigg, science liaison librarian, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C.
- Julia Hutchins, young adult librarian, Leesburg Public Library, Leesburg, Fla.
- Kimberly Miller, research and instruction librarian for Emerging Technologies, Towson University, Towson, Md.
- Stacy Schwartz, librarian, Gann Academy, Waltham, Mass.
- Erica W. Tyler, circulation assistant, Charlotte school of Law, Charlotte, N.C.
As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay on the topic of how attending the conference will contribute to the librarians’ professional development. Casey Hoeve from Kansas State University wrote that attending the conference for the first time would allow him to attend sessions that are not always available at other conferences and meet with fellow members of the ALA-NMRT Endnotes Committee and the ACRL Cyber Zed Shed Committee in person. “It would offer opportunities to network with librarians and view sessions on collection development that are rarely held outside of ALA Annual, and the ability to view them would significantly enhance my development as an emerging professional.”
As noted this LJ article this is the “first of an interview series sponsored by SAGE, LJ goes in depth with this year’s Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, delving into just how and why they pulled off the projects that brought them recognition as innovators, change agents, and more. Karen Lauritsen was chosen as one of this year’s Tech Leaders for her work as Communications & Public Programs Coordinator at the Robert E. Kennedy Library of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo…
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.