2001 ASCLA Century Scholarship recipient named

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

July 2001

2001 ASCLA Century Scholarship recipient named

Simon Healey is the 2001 recipient of the Century Scholarship presented by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Healey is currently enrolled in the library and information sciences master's program at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences.

The independently funded Century Scholarship is a diversity initiative aimed at promoting ALA's mission of improving service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries in the new millennium.

The Century Scholarship is a $2,500 award given annually to a student or students who have a disability and are pursuing a degree in library and information science. The award is to be used for accommodations or services not provided by law or the university.

"We look forward to awarding the second Century Scholarship to an exemplary role model who will encourage individuals with disabilities to become librarians," Century Scholarship Jury chair Elizabeth Ridler said.

Ellen Perlow, Chair of the Century Scholarship Committee, added, "Simon Healey, as well as our first Century Scholar, Rebecca Van Scyoc, already are the greatest of assets to, and ambassadors for, our LIS profession. Our Century Scholars are the finest examples of how people who represent the universal diversity of doing things differently achieve and succeed. Please join us in continuing to promote, strengthen, and expand the
Century Scholarship Diversity Initiative so that our profession reflects the diversity of the communities LIS professionals serve."

The award was presented June 17, 2001, at the ASCLA President's Program and Award Ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.