Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media

About the Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media The Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media will support a student in an ALA accredited master’s program in Library and Information Studies pursing a specialty in new media. New media is defined as digital technology’s transformation of business and culture during the past 25-plus years, clarifying the evolution of digital communications and human-computer interaction.

The scholarship was created in memory of Peter Lyman, former university librarian and professor emeritus of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lyman was nationally known for his landmark study on information overload entitled, “How Much Information?” co-authored with Hal Valerian.

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Award and Frequency

The recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship as well as a travel stipend to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Attend ALA accredited Master's Program.
  • No more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded.
  • Interested in pursuing a specialty in New Media.
  • Personal Statement.

In addition, the scholarship recipient must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and evidence of a commitment to a career in librarianship.

Applicant Responsibility

Attend ALA accredited Master's Program.

Application Instructions

Apply online at

Contact Information

Kimberly L. Redd (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2024) -
Work Phone: (312) 280-4279
Fax: (312) 280-3256
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7616

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Selection Criteria

The following items are required for all scholarship applications. Be sure to check the requirements of the specific scholarship for which you are applying because you may need to mail additional documents. 

  1. Required. Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  2. Required. Completed references (only references on the official online form will be accepted).  A total of three references must be submitted. You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
  3. Required. Official academic transcripts from institutions where you received your bachelors degree. These can be submitted directly from the institution, or mailed in the unopened envelope as received from the degree-granting institutions along with any other materials you may need to submit. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. All items must be received in the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1st to be considered.  The mailing address is: ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601.



Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st.   All other applicants will be notified by e-mail after July 1st.