Meera Garud’s Study Abroad Program

meera_study-abroadLIS student Meera Garud is participating in a study abroad program, Developing Services for a Knowledge-Based Economy through Namibian Libraries, through the University of Maryland’s iSchool. She and four other LIS graduate students from UMD, Drexel University, and the University of Rhode Island will spend two weeks meeting Namibia’s leaders in library development, higher education and information infrastructure. Students also will have contact with local citizens and staff at two regional centers at which information services and training are offered for citizens.
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Kylie Kaʻeo Receives ALA Spectrum Scholarship

kaeo001-2Congratulations to LIS student Kylie Kaʻeo on her 2015 ALA Spectrum Scholarship!

ALA’s official announcement states:

A prestigious committee of ten jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential.
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Amy Steinbauer Receives Conable Scholarship

SteinbauerAmy 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.
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Book Garners National Recognition

Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning published by Libraries Unlimited has been awarded the 2015 LMC/ARBA Best in Reference Award in the “Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians” category. Violet Harada, professor emerita in the LIS Program, and Sharon Coatney, book acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited, are the co-editors of the book that features contributions from some of the leading school library educators and award-winning media specialists. The authors provide essays and lessons that explain how the standards’ emphasis on in-depth investigations dovetail with inquiry-based learning activities. LIS alumni Carolyn Kirio, Sandy Yamamoto, and Elodie Arellano are among the contributors to this volume. Continue reading