Ipswich, MA -- October 1, 2015. Mara Blake of the University of Michigan has won the 2015 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Blake is a Spatial and Numeric Data and German Studies Librarian at the university and will use the scholarship to attend the 35th Annual Charleston Conference in Charleston, S.C. The conference takes place on November 4-7.
Scholarship applicants were asked to write a short essay describing what their library will be like in five years. Blake outlined three key areas in what she called a "constantly changing landscapes for libraries," including increased collaboration within libraries and between libraries and external partners; the need for libraries to provide services for tech-heavy research; and more direct involvement by libraries in the research process. She also forecasts that "libraries will pursue more partnerships with external entities such as publishers to make content more accessible to users." To read the entire essay, visit the Charleston Conference website.
EBSCO has sponsored the Charleston scholarship for the past seven years, and the resulting award is designed to be used by the wining librarian to defray the costs associated with attending the conference, e.g., registration and related expenses. Judges for this year's scholarship were Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication (Marriott Library) of the University of Utah; Katina Strauch, Assistant Dean for Technical Services (Addlestone Library) of the College of Charleston; Kittie Henderson, Vice President, Academic, Law and Public Library Markets at EBSCO Information Services.
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