New ALA Scholarship: Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media

Kimberly Sanders

Program Officer, Education & Scholarships

ALA, Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)

800-545-2433 x4279


For Immediate Release

December 9, 2008

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) announced a new scholarship, the Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media, which is being offered with the support of SAGE Publications.

The scholarship was created in memory of Peter Lyman, former university librarian and professor emeritus of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lyman was nationally known for his landmark study on information overload entitled, “How Much Information?” co-authored with Hal Valerian.

The Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media will support a student in an ALA accredited master’s program in Library and Information Studies pursing a specialty in new media. New media is defined as digital technology’s transformation of business and culture during the past 25-plus years, clarifying the evolution of digital communications and human-computer interaction.

The scholarship winner must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and evidence of a commitment to a career in librarianship. The recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship as well as a travel stipend to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

“Peter Lyman’s life work matched our philosophy at SAGE,” commented Sara Miller McCune, SAGE Founder and Chairman of the Board. “New media entails staying up-to-date with rapidly emerging technologies, while remaining rooted in the foundation of quality scholarship, something that SAGE has been relentlessly reaching for throughout the past 40 years. That’s why we’re so pleased to honor Peter Lyman’s vision with this contribution.”

Additional information about this scholarship can be found at


SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.