Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

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For Immediate Release
March 2002

Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

Ellen Bosman is this year's recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund.

The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science provided a $1,000 award for Bosman to attend her first international conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The award is in recognition of Sarah Comly Norris Bogle, a prominent U.S. librarian who made notable contributions in international library service.

Bosman is the head of Technical Services and the associate librarian at the Indiana University Northwest Library (IUNL). Aside from her main responsibilities at IUNL, she has developed a Web site on "Selection Sources for Congregational Libraries," which serves as a resource for church libraries.

Bosman is planning to attend the Australian Church Library Association Conference (ACLA) in Australia, where she will deliver a speech called "Who Put Moses and Jesus in the Stacks: Using the Internet to Develop Religious Collections." She also will conduct a plenary session on the current status of United States church library associations.

"Though the committee reviewed a number of excellent applications, we felt that Ms. Bosman's application was particularly strong because she was invited to speak at the conference as a result of her ongoing professional activities in support of church libraries in the United States," Jeannette Pierce, chair of the IRRT-Bogle-Pratt Award, stated. "Ms. Bosman will not only be able to share her knowledge, she will have the opportunity to expand her knowledge through interaction with church librarians in Australia and through research that will broaden her perspective on church libraries and church library associations in the United States."

Bosman will be recognized at the beginning of the International Librarians Reception at ALA's Annual Conference on Monday, June 17, 2002.