For immediate release | January 10, 2017

EBSCO awards five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians a $1,500 scholarship to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 20-24 in Atlanta. The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on Sunday, January 22.

The EBSCO ALA Midwinter Scholarship defrays the cost of attending the conference and allows the librarians to benefit from the professional development and networking opportunities available at the conference. As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay on the topic of “What will be the next game changer(s) for your library? How will your attendance at ALA Midwinter 2017 help you to contribute to the future of your library and libraries overall?

The scholarship winners are:

· Liya Deng, Social Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University Libraries, Cheney, Washington

· Kerry Townsend, Library Media Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, Missouri

· Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

· Lisa Nowlain, Youth Librarian, Nevada County Community Library, Nevada City, California

· Jennifer Bayer, Adult Reference Librarian, Larry J. Ringer Library, College Station, Texas

All of the librarians made predictions about what technologies would be game changers in the next several years. Liya Deng, a first year Social Sciences librarian at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. Wrote how she believes that “data-driven learning and assessment will be the next crucial area of focus for the EWU library because the results of such work will enable us to impact student learning and retention in more meaningful ways.” And going to ALA-midwinter will allow her to learn about “assessment practices and tools used to improve library services for increasingly diverse learners on campus and in the community.”

Applicants were judged by an ALA-designated jury: jury chair Elizabeth Nelson, , Cataloguing and Collection Development Librarian, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL; Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. Section Head Foreign Affairs Defense & Trade Section, Library of Congress, Washington DC; Dorothy (Dottie) J. Owens, Adult Services Librarian, Douglass county Libraries, Highlands Ranch, CO; Pamela Jo Renfrow, Curriculum Specialist, Britannica Digital Learning, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. Chicago, IL; and Sarah Sullivan, Head of Reader Services, Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen, MA.

EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the professional development of librarians around the world and has a long tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences, providing funds for conference registration, travel, and expenses.

About ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 65,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society:

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 900,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer