EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association Award Seven Scholarships for Librarians to Attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference

~Annual Scholarship Enables Librarians to Expand Professional Development Opportunities at National Conference ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 10, 2018 — In partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded seven librarians with $1,000 scholarships to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference. Scholarships aim to defray the cost of travel and other expenses, helping librarians to take advantage of the conference’s professional development and networking opportunities.

The scholarship winners include four first-time attendees from the U.S.:

  • Jessica Colbert, Resident Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Michelle Farias, Special Collections Assistant, Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Providence, Rhode Island (first-time attendee)
  • Twanna Hodge, Reference and Research Services Librarian, SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, New York
  • Brenda Killen, Asst. Director of Library Services, University of Maine at Augusta - Bennett D. Katz Library, Augusta, Maine
  • Victoria Ogle, Senior Library Associate II, University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Tennessee (first-time attendee)
  • Everett Pine, Reference/Technology/Instruction Librarian, Wayne State University Library, Harrison Township, Michigan (first-time attendee)
  • Marian Royal, Library Services & Instructional Materials Manager, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Washington (first-time attendee)

As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay explaining how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development. First-time conference attendee, Everett Pine of Wayne State University Library, discussed the importance of networking in the librarian profession. “Attending this conference would offer me an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals across the country, learn how other libraries are conducting outreach, websites, and instruction, and see how my goals for libraries can fit into the greater picture and future of libraries.”

EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the library community around the world and maintains a long tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences that provide 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 24.

Applications were judged by an ALA-designated jury consisting of chairman Dodie Ownes, Regina Carter, Joseph Eagan, Pamela Jo Renfrow, Sarah Sullivan and Andrea Lapsley.

About ALA
The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 57,000 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 discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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