2006 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship winner named

Kimberly Sanders
Program Officer, Education & Scholarships
Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)
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For Immediate Release
August 1, 2006

2006 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship winner named

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Amanda Eaton Macomber of South Portland, Maine as the recipient of the 2006 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to individuals currently working as library support staff and is to be used towards studies for a master's degree in library and information science.

Macomber's love for books, learning and computers, but most of all love for a challenge influenced her decision to become a librarian.

"Working in academic libraries has been a joy," said Macomber. "But my final goal is to become a correctional librarian."

Macomber's personal mission is "supporting the information needs of convicts and people who come last on almost everyone's list for funding and attention."
She has worked with prison book programs in Philadelphia and Boston as well as co-founded a group in Chicago that sends free books to women in prisons.

Macomber is committed to providing access to information - educational and recreational alike - that can bring about the rehabilitation of the current prison system.
She feels that a master's in library and information science will help prepare her to run a library under difficult circumstances and allow her to provide the patrons with the best service possible.

Macomber will attend Southern Connecticut State University.