Demeter receives 2009 Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship

Kimberly Sanders

Program Officer, Education & Scholarships

ALA, Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)

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For Immediate Release

June 30, 2009

CHICAGO - Michelle Demeter, of Tallahassee, Fla., has received the 2009 Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship, the American Library Association (ALA) announced.

The $1,500 scholarship was established through a generous donation from her husband, Charles L. Garris, and sponsored by the Federal and Armed Forces Round Table (FAFLRT). It is awarded to individuals pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies with a focus on federal librarianship.

A commitment to excellence attracted Demeter to federal librarianship. “I believe federal libraries hold themselves to high standards and seek to provide the best information to their users as possible,” she said. Her patriotism, as well as her love of travel and variety, have led her to consider a career on an overseas military base; “our servicemen and women,” she said, “need and deserve the best assistance they can get as they take classes and learn more about their specialty areas on their own.” She would also enjoy the challenges of working in the Smithsonian library/museum system.

To a career in federal librarianship Demeter brings a love of writing and editing, skills honed in her time editing University of South Florida’s Literary Journal, Omnibus; she was also selected for the prestigious Dow Jones Newspaper Fund summer internships in newspaper copy editing. Her dedication to federal service may be seen in her work as an AmeriCorps Community Outreach Member, in which she recruited and trained more than 200 community reading tutors for elementary schools nationwide.

Demeter attends Florida State University.