3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Awarded to Three Individuals

By 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award Committee

Erin Dorney, Cesar Garza and Cheryl Lee have been selected as the 2010 recipients of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant. This grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, covers round-trip airfare, lodging and conference registration fees for attendance at the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Erin Dorney is the outreach librarian at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her M.S. in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University in 2008 and is currently working on her M.A. in English (Creative Writing Concentration) from West Chester University and anticipates graduating in 2012. Erin is a member of the ACRL Virtual Conference Committee, NMRT Career Mentoring Program, and is active in the Pennsylvania Library Association. While attending the ALA Annual Conference, Erin looks forward to interacting with colleagues across the country and attending professional development sessions focused on management and leadership.

Cesar Garza is a reference librarian at McAllen Public Library in McAllen, TX. He received his M.S. in Library & Information Science from the Pratt Institute in 2006. Cesar is a member of the NMRT Footnotes committee and the Reference Round Table in the Texas Library Association. While attending the ALA Annual Conference, Cesar will explore creative service delivery models and share information with his colleagues.

Cheryl Lee is a librarian at the Palo Alto City Library in Palo Alto, California. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University in 2006. She was recently appointed to the 2010-11 ALA Nominating Committee and serves on the Pacific Library Partnership Self Awareness Task Force. While attending the ALA Annual Conference, Cheryl hopes to enhance her professional development, share ideas with colleagues, and contribute to the profession.

3M Library Systems markets materials flow management products to libraries to prevent unauthorized borrowing and to streamline the flow of library materials. Since its inception, over 100 NMRT members have benefited from this grant. The committee would like to congratulate the recipients of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant as well as thank 3M for its continued support of NMRT and its programs.

Further information about the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant, including award criteria and a list of past recipients, is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/applyforfunds/applyfunds.htm