VLA Scholarship Application 2013
VLA Scholarship Recommendation Form 2013
The links above are the application packet for the Virginia Library Association Scholarship. The Virginia Library Association awards two $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing a Masters degree in Library Science at ALA accredited schools. One of these, the Clara Stanley Scholarship, is awarded by the VLA Paraprofessional Forum.
The eligibility requirements for the VLA Scholarship are:
- Residence in the state of Virginia or currently employed in a Virginia library.
- an undergraduate degree, and
- Acceptance by an American Library Association accredited library school or a pending application for admission. MUST be earning a Master of Library Science Degree
- Membership in VLA
- for the Clara Stanley VLAPF scholarship: current employment at a Virginia library
The major factors considered in making the awards are:
- evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship in Virginia,
- financial need,
- potential for outstanding achievement in the library profession,
- academic excellence,
- membership in the Virginia Library Association.
In order to be considered, your application, including two references, must be emailed to Lisa Varga by March 1, 2013. Please give copies of the reference form to two persons, one of whom should be a librarian. The references should return the forms to Lisa Varga via email.
The Scholarship Committee will review applications during the spring and you will be notified of the Committee’s decisions in late April. If you have any questions about any aspect of the application process, please contact Sasha Matthews.
2012-2013 VLA Scholarship Committee
The Awards and Recognition Committee seeks nominations for the following VLA Awards:
- Honorary Life Membership
- George Mason Award
- Trustee Library Award
- Friends of the Library Award
The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2013. The criteria for each award and the nomination form are located on the Awards and Recognition Committee page on the VLA website (http://www.vla.org/?page_id=1434 ).
Nominations may be submitted electronically to Lisa Varga, VLA Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Show of hands…who has been subjected to death by meeting? Don’t be the executioner!
Learn how to lead a great meeting that leaves people saying:
“Now THAT’s A Meeting!”
Who: Anyone who chairs meetings (or hopes to!) anywhere anytime (library, PTA, family, civic group, etc).
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 10 to 11 am Eastern
Where: Your desk!
Why: Meetings don’t have to be torture
Fee: $10 for VLA members/$15 for non-members (non-refundable*)
Register: http://tinyurl.com/februarywebinar Deadline to register: Monday, February 18
Details: The Virginia Library Association’s Leadership Development Forum (LDF) and New Member Round Table (NMRT) present the first in a series of leadership webinars.
Join Nan Carmack, Director of the Campbell County Public Library System, to learn some simple and effective techniques for managing time, content and people within your meetings. Having participated in more meetings than is really advisable, Carmack has created a list of tips for survival and success. Once implemented, people can leave your meetings by saying “Now THAT’S a meeting!”
Carmack consults privately, and teaches as an adjunct for Lyrasis, in addition to her library work. An experienced web-based instructor, Carmack is committed to fun, participative and fast-paced web-based experiences
*VLA LDF/NMRT webinars are held for continuing leadership and management education purposes as well as serve as a fundraiser for the 2014 Virginia Library Leadership Academy and VLA NMRT conference activities. Due to the fundraising nature of this enterprise, refunds of the registration fee will not be made. We do encourage you to gather your colleagues and view the webinar together to get the most bang for your buck.
Click here for a printable flyer to share with your coworkers: Now That’s A Meeting!
This week, librarians from around the nation and the world are traveling to Seattle, WA for the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Fifty-five of those librarians have a special reason for attending the meeting. They were selected to participate in the ALA Emerging Leaders program, a leadership development program begun in 2007 that enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Participation in the program is a highly competitive process, but this year, five of the Emerging Leaders are from Virginia! Nathan Hall, Nzinga Holley-Harris, Margaret Howard, Kathleen Roberts, and Yasmine Shorish were selected from a large number of qualified applicants to participate in this prestigious program.
Nathan Hall is the VTechWorks Digital Repository Librarian at Virginia Tech. He earned his MLS from the University of North Texas College of Information in 2006 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Science at UNT, where he worked as a librarian until 2011. Nathan is currently co-chair of the ACRL Science and Technology Section Hot Topics Discussion Group. Previously he spent three years teaching English in Japan and China. Nathan is looking forward to new service opportunities and experience through the Emerging Leaders program.
Nzinga Holley-Harris is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for the 2013 Emerging Leaders program and currently works with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Margaret Howard, a librarian at Chesterfield County Public Library since January 2011, has been named a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader with sponsorship from the ALA New Members Round Table. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Margaret worked as an English teacher in Beijing, China, and then in the financial field for a few years before deciding to pursue her MLIS, which she received from UNC Greensboro in 2010. Margaret currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer for VLA’s New Members Round Table and serves on ALA’s NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee and the NMRT Liaison Coordination and Support Committee. She is very happy and honored to be named an Emerging Leader and looks forward to meeting other librarians from around the world and gaining new perspectives to better serve the library field.
Kathleen Riopelle Roberts is the School Librarian at Rivers Edge Elementary in Henrico County Public Schools. She earned a Master of Teaching in Secondary Social Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University before earning a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in School Library Media from Longwood University. Currently, she serves as the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Scholarships & Awards Chair and is a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Task Force. She looks forward to traveling to meet all different types of librarians and exploring the opportunities with the Emerging Leaders program. She is sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians.
Yasmeen Shorish is the Science Librarian at James Madison University. With a concentration in data curation from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Yasmeen brings best practice experience to the dynamic and evolving field of digital curation. Research areas include data management and curation, attitudes towards data sharing among researchers, and the shifting landscape of scholarly communication.
Since 2007, 18 other Virginia librarians have participated in the program:
- 2007: Mario A. Ascencio, LeRoy Jason LaFleur (both from George Mason University)
- 2008: Mary Hanlin (Tidewater Community College), Renee DiPilato (Alexandria Public Library), Sally Ma (Fairfax County Public Library). Sally, Renee and Mary wrote this article in Virginia Libraries about their experiences.
- 2009: Laura Horne (University of Richmond), Sara Townsend (Norfolk Public Library), Beth Larkee (Hollins University), Suzanna Panter (Henrico Co. Public Schools), Sarah Wright (Potomac Library)
- 2010: Laura Amos (Norfolk Collegiate School), Nathan Putnam (George Mason University)
- 2011: Elizabeth Appleton (George Mason University), Alicia Blowers (St. Stephen & St. Agnes School), Megan Hodge (Chesterfield Co. Public Library), Matthew Jabaily (Old Dominion University). Betsy, Megan, and Matthew recently wrote this article about their experiences in Virginia Libraries.
- 2012: Rocco DeBonis (University of Maryland College) and Rebecca Miller (Virginia Tech)
The Virginia Library Association congratulates all current and past Virginia Emerging Leaders, and looks forward to supporting this next generation of our state’s library leaders!
The January meeting of the VLA Council has been postponed due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will communicate a new date for the meeting shortly. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Varga, VLA Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience and understadning.