Simone Wagner Awarded 2018 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/04/2018


Jenny Levine

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association


Simone Wagner has been selected to receive the 2018 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and Baker & Taylor. Wagner will be attending Simmons School of Library and Information Science starting in Fall 2018 to earn a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Cultural Heritage.

This Scholarship is for master’s level study, with an emphasis on library technology and/or automation, at a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. Criteria for the Scholarship includes previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology.

The LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Committee unanimously chose Wagner as the scholarship recipient due to her strong academic achievement, her relevant experience and interest in Information Technology, and her demonstrated leadership. She leads a project to integrate the New York Public Library Digital Collections into student graphic design projects expanding the use of online archives. Wagner also volunteered with Dream Africa Volunteer Service (DAVS) in Ghana teaching computer basics to young adults ages 18-35, was a web designer for UNESCO creating a site to be shared using 5 different languages, and she worked in Mumbai, India for the Ascend International School leading the professional development of staff around technology.

Beyond this, Wagner also has experience with stop motion animation, audio and video editing, and video game creation and design. The Committee was impressed with her variety of experiences and looks forward to welcoming her as a colleague in the future.

When notified she had won, Wagner said, "I am honored to receive the 2018 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship and would like to thank the LITA, ALA and Baker & Taylor for this recognition and support. As a technology educator locally and internationally, I have learned that the democratization of information and services empowers communities to be advocates for their own education. I look forward to tackling challenges of accessibility through the preservation of our diverse digital artifacts worldwide."

Members of the 2018 LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship Committee are: Kelly Sattler (Chair), Christopher Lawton (Vice-Chair), Julia Bauder (Past Chair), Justin Lee Baumgartner, Katherine Boden, and Amy Kimura.

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About Baker & Taylor

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