Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

Contact: Michael Dowling
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For Immediate Release
March 3, 2005

Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO - Irina Tarsis 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 will provide a $1,000 cash award for Irina Tarsis to attend her first international conference in Berlin, Germany.

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

Irina Tarsis is a curatorial assistant for the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Tarsis works in the department of Printing and Graphic Arts. Her research focuses on the acquisition of Russian publications by leading U.S. institutions, such as the Library of Congress and Harvard University.

“This year we had a number of very good applications, but the leading candidate which the Committee unanimously chose was the application by Ms. Irina Tarsis” said Priscilla Yu, chair of the IRRT-Bogle Pratt Award. “Ms. Tarsis is an up-and-coming scholar of Russian antiquarian book dealers and her research centers on the acquisition of Russian publications by prominent and leading libraries in the U.S., such as the Library of Congress and Harvard Library.”

Tarsis is planning to attend the VII World Congress of International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) in Berlin, Germany, where she will present a paper called "Russian Antiquarian Booksellers and Harvard Acquisitions."

The Bogle-Pratt award will be presented during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.