Amy Steinbauer, a 2013 LIS alumna, was awarded the 2015 Gordon M. Conable Scholarship from the Freedom to Read Foundation. This allowed her to attend the 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco. The scholarship, which is open to LIS students and new professionals, pays for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. In addition, the recipient gets a year’s membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation.
Amy, an early childhood outreach librarian at the Beaumont Library District in Beaumont, California, said, “I had the opportunity to sit in on meetings and learn firsthand the importance of the Freedom to Read organization. It was inspiring to hear about all the work they do to help libraries and the public in general with intellectual freedom challenges.”
More great news: The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has approved Amy’s proposal to do a presentation at the 2016 ALA Conference in Orlando. The working title of her presentation is “Children’s Librarians Live! How Improv Improves Your Storytimes!” She wrote: “I’m really excited! It is such a career boost!”