Beth Heins, Bryan Loar, and Jill S. Ratzan have been selected as the 2006 recipients of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant. This grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, covers round-trip airfare, lodging and conference registration fees for attendance at the American Library Association Annual Conference.
Beth Heins is the Supervising Librarian at the Sherwood Public Library in Sherwood, Oregon. She obtained her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University in 2004. Beth has been active in the Oregon Library Association and served as chair of the Speaker Arrangements Committee in 2005. In February 2006, Beth will present "Firefox can do that?" at the Online Northwest Conference. While attending the ALA Annual Conference, Beth hopes to network with her colleagues and become more active at the national level.
Bryan Loar studies at Kent State University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program, and he plans to complete his MLIS in the summer of 2006. Additionally, he is interning as a corporate librarian at Fitch, a global design agency. Bryan is a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America, and he is active in the Columbus branch of the Associated Library Science Students of Ohio. Bryan will utilize his time at the ALA Annual Conference to explore career opportunities, meet with future employers and volunteer in ALA’s community service program, Librarians Build Communities. As an ambassador for ALA and NMRT, Bryan looks forward to sharing his experiences with his fellow students and colleagues.
Jill S. Ratzan currently works as a Youth Services Librarian at East Brunswick Public Library in East Brunswick, NJ and as a research assistant at Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension. Jill holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the Rutgers School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies and plans to begin work on a Ph.D. in library and information science in September 2006. Jill has been the recipient of several honors and awards including Beta Phi Mu, the Rutgers SCILS LIS Committee Scholarship, H.W. Wilson Foundation Scholarship, and the Conover-Wihtol Scholarship. She has also published in several library periodicals including Children and Libraries and Public Libraries. While at the conference, Jill will be serving on a panel addressing interviewing skills and will be attending meetings as part of duties as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Children and Libraries.
3M Library Systems markets materials flow management products to libraries to prevent unauthorized borrowing and to streamline the flow of library materials. Since its inception, almost 100 NMRT members have benefited from this grant. The committee would like to congratulate the recipients of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant as well as thank 3M for its continued support of NMRT and its programs.
Further information about the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant, including award criteria and a list of past recipients, is available at: http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/applyforfunds/applyfunds.htm