EBSCO Awards Seven Scholarships for Librarians to Attend 2014 ALA Annual Meeting

~ EBSCO and the American Library Association Offer Scholarships to Support the Professional Development of Librarians ~

CHICAGO/IPSWICH, Mass. — April 1, 2014 — In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) 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.”

EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the professional development of librarians around the world and has a long tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences, providing funds for conference registration, travel, and expenses. The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on Sunday, June 29.

Applications were judged by an ALA-designated jury: jury chairman Julius C. Jefferson Jr., information research specialist, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Anders C. Dahlgren, president, Library Planning Associates, Normal Ill.; Elizabeth Nelson, adjunct reference librarian, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Dorothy M. Persson, edu/psychology librarian/embedded Ln,, University of Iowa,Iowa City I.A.; and Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, science and technology services librarian, Eugene, Ore.

About ALA
The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 65,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society: www.ala.org.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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