CHICAGO – Marianne Swanberry-Hanley, assistant librarian/assistant conservator at Syracuse University’s Bird Library, has been awarded the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.
The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant is given by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) to support travel to the American Library Association Annual Conference. The grant is intended to encourage and support preservation librarians that are new to the field to become involved in the ALA conference. The recipient will attend the Preservation Administrators Interest Group meeting and at least one other PARS interest group meeting. The recipient will write about the experience for ALCTS Newsletter Online. The grant is sponsored by the Library Binding Institute.
Although Swanberry-Hanley is at an early stage in her preservation career, she is already sharing her knowledge and giving back to the profession by teaching disaster planning and book repair workshops. It is this active participation in the field, beyond the library walls, that represents qualities that Jan Merrill-Oldham would have encouraged. She has shown a dedication to continuing education and a clear commitment to and passion for the preservation profession.
Swanberry-Hanley earned a B.A. in English from Canisius College in 1987 and an MLIS from Syracuse University in 2000. In 2010, she began her foray into preservation in the Preservation Department at Syracuse.
The award will be presented on June 30 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.
ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.