Birmingham, Ala. — Dec. 19, 2012 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) are pleased to announce the inaugural "Information to Inspiration" Fellowship. Designed to advance the careers of highly motivated library professionals and the field of librarianship, this unique program will provide up to $4,000 to support a library professional or a team of library professionals interested in conducting research about issues related to management of electronic resources in the ever-evolving information industry.
"Rooted in a shared belief that our individual efforts and leadership can and will have an impact on the field of librarianship, ER&L is pleased and proud to partner with EBSCO to serve as the inaugural launch pad for the EBSCO ‘Information to Inspiration' Fellowship, an award that will directly fund research projects by library professionals working to advance our field," said ER&L founder Bonnie Tijerina, head of electronic resources and serials at Harvard University.
Library professionals who wish to be considered for the fellowship must work in an academic library and have more than three years of experience with electronic resources; each applicant must submit a 250-word essay explaining how library professionals and the field of librarianship will benefit from their research on "Measuring and evaluating use, users, and usage." Some example topics include:
- Practical implementation and support of analysis techniques to increase usage and maximize the value of electronic resources.
- Measuring value or impact of library resources with data.
- Determining return on investment.
Applications will be reviewed by a diverse team of highly respected library and information industry professionals.
In addition to receiving funding to support their research, fellowship winners will be recognized at designated events sponsored by ER&L and/or EBSCO. The first recognition will be at the 2013 ER&L Conference, which will take place March 17–20 in Austin, Texas; if the winner attends the conference, there may be an opportunity to do a brief presentation during a Lighting Talk session.
Click here to apply for the inaugural EBSCO "Information to Inspiration" Fellowship.
About Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L)
Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) is the effort of librarians to improve the way we collect, manage, maintain, assess, and make accessible electronic resources in an ever-changing digital environment. Founded in 2005 by Bonnie Tijerina, head of electronic resources and serials at Harvard University, ER&L is an annual physical and virtual conference focused on practical, tactical, and strategic work by e-resources management and digital services professionals to further the field. More information about ER&L can be found at www.electroniclibrarian.com.
EBSCO Information Services—the provider of EBSCONET Subscription Management—is the world's leading information intermediary, offering cutting-edge technology and personalized consultative services for managing and accessing content, including e-journals, e-packages, e-books, and more. Today's libraries and research organizations are looking for new ways to manage their collections more efficiently, so EBSCO Information Services has developed comprehensive, highly integrated management solutions to help librarians save time and money while empowering their users. EBSCO serves clients through our offices worldwide and has more than 140 librarians on staff. To learn more about products and services from EBSCO Information Services, visit www.ebsco.com.