EBSCO awards five scholarships for librarians to attend ALA Midwinter

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NEWS


For Immediate Release,


February 9, 2010

Librarians answer the question: what is the biggest challenge in managing e-resources in libraries today?

CHICAGO - In co-sponsorship with the
American Library Association (ALA),
EBSCO awarded five visionary librarians $1,500 scholarships to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston Jan. 15-19, 2010. As part of the application process, EBSCO posed the question to librarians: “What do you believe to be the biggest challenge in managing electronic resources in libraries today and what solutions do you envision?”




The five librarians who were selected as winners are Stephanie Carr, librarian, National College, Louisville, Ky.; Amy Fry, electronic resources coordinator, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio; Dennis Patrick Nangle, library technician, University of Maryland University College, Largo, Md.; Carla Bosco, upper school librarian, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bethesda, Md.; and Eric Frierson, reference and instruction librarian, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.




The winners’ essays offer various suggestions for eliminating the challenge to managing e-resources, such as relying on 2.0 Web technologies to encourage communication both among staff and between librarians and their patrons, simplifying library and database interfaces, calling for new types of authentication to full-text content and increasing use of social networking and cloud computing technologies. Additionally, all winning librarians recognized the need for libraries to become innovative not only through technological means but also through improved collaboration both internally and externally.




Nangle said, “The award I received from EBSCO not only allowed me to afford the trip to Boston for ALA Midwinter but also gave me a rare opportunity to meet with a small group of people who shared my desire to establish professional connections, share experiences and discuss emerging issues in librarianship.”




Fry said that the scholarship opportunity allowed her new opportunities: “At ALA Midwinter this year, I met with my Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) committee, helped to host a discussion group, reviewed resumes at the Placement Center, and reconnected with friends and colleagues from all over the country. It was really fruitful for me, and I wouldn’t have been able to attend without EBSCO’s generous scholarship.”




The five winning librarians joined EBSCO and ALA representatives for a breakfast honoring the scholarship recipients on Monday morning, Jan. 18, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.




“ALA Conferences are the best ‘one-stop shopping’ for new ideas, new products, and new ways to better serve our users,” said Keith Michael Fiels, executive director of ALA. He added that “They’re also great places to meet other librarians who share our passions and interests, and to be inspired by the best and most innovative in the profession. We’re delighted that EBSCO made it possible for five deserving librarians to join us in Boston—some for the first time.”




The scholarship money awarded was used for conference registration, travel and expenses. Among the librarians chosen, two first-time conference attendees were selected. The applications were judged by a jury designated by ALA; winners were announced in mid-December 2009. Though EBSCO has co-sponsored librarian scholarships to ALA Annual conferences for more than 15 years, this was the first year that EBSCO co-sponsored scholarships for the ALA Midwinter Meeting. EBSCO will continue with their tradition of awarding librarians again this year at
ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.





About EBSCO





EBSCO is the world’s premier full-service provider of information, offering a portfolio of services that spans the realm of print and electronic subscription access and management, research databases and more. The company’s e-resource renewal and management tools help librarians accomplish in hours what once took weeks. For more information, please visit
www.ebsco.com