Contact: Denise M. Davis
ALA Office for Research & Statistics
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2010
CHICAGO –Pamela MacKellar in partnership with the New Mexico State Library has been awarded the 2010 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for a proposal entitled "Online Management Course for New Library Directors in New Mexico."Ã The project team will develop free online courses in management for new library directors without Masters in Library Science (MLS) degrees in local communities with 15,000 residents or less.
The course will help educate new library directors in acquiring the management skills necessary to pass the New Mexico Public Library Director Certification Exam.Ã New Mexico Statutes require library directors in communities over 3,000 who do not have a MLS degree to become certified by passing a written examination. Currently, 76% of library directors in New Mexico do not have their MLS degree, and many have very little library experience.
"The committee of five voted independently and the MacKellar-New Mexico State Library received four of the highest weighted votes,” said James Stewart, chair of the Fyan Grant jury. “This project will give a huge return on the investment for enhanced public library service."
This $5,000 grant, given annually on a competitive basis, is named for Loleta D. Fyan, an ALA past-president (1951-52), who provided funds for the American Library Association (ALA) in her will. The grant supports a project that will develop and/or improve public library services, will effect changes that are innovative and responsive to the future, and has potential for broader impact and application beyond a specific local need. Applicants can include, but are not limited to, local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including ALA units, library schools or individuals.
For guidelines and a list of previous winners see: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ors/orsawards/fyanloletad/fyanloletad.cfm.