LAMA fund raising scholarship winner announced

Contact: Fred Reuland

Marketing Specialist



For Immediate Release

August 19, 2008

CHICAGO - The Fund Raising and Financial Development Section (FRFDS) of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) has named Susan E. Thomas, head of Collection Development, Indiana University South Bend, the winner for the 2008 Diana V. Braddom Scholarship.

Thomas will receive $1,000 to attend the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, where she will learn skills that will enable her to increase funding for her library from public, private and corporate sources.

In her winning application essay, she wrote, “Attending the Fundraising and Financial Development programs at the annual ALA Conference would allow me to learn new ideas about fundraising opportunities and possibilities in order to pursue increased funding for the library and collections.”

The Diana V. Braddom FRFDS Scholarship recognizes librarians from all types of libraries who have had no previous formal fundraising training and have a genuine need for fund raising skills. The award is made possible through the personal generosity of retired library consultant and longtime LAMA member Diana Braddom. Judges for this year’s award were Katharina J. Blackstead, FRFDS chair, and FRFDS members Leslie L. Morgan, Jean A. Pec, and Gena Scott.

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association ( is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association.