Birmingham, Ala. — July 12, 2012 — EBSCO is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship for a qualifying librarian or paraprofessional to attend the 32nd Annual Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, which will be held Nov. 7-10, 2012, in Charleston, S.C.
In keeping with the conference's 2012 theme, "Accentuate the Positive," this year's essay topic is "Looking for the Silver Lining: Positive Outcomes from Troubled Times." Applicants are asked to submit short essays detailing how a potentially negative situation ultimately yielded a positive outcome as a result of implementing resourceful strategies. In other words, the librarians should reveal how they or their institutions took lemons and made lemonade. Some examples: adopting new models of collection development; streamlining technical services processes in response to staffing or resource changes; embarking on collaborative projects that led to enhanced services with other departments or institutions; or developing new offerings to better serve users, such as providing enhanced mobile applications, deploying patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) or a discovery service.
Each applicant must currently work as a librarian or paraprofessional and provide the following information:
- One professional recommendation
- A curriculum vitae
- The short essay described above (up to 1,000 words)
All application documents should be sent electronically to Rossi Morris at EBSCO (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sept.17, 2012. The winner will be notified by Oct. 8, 2012. Scholarship money must be used to attend the 2012 Charleston Conference.
Established in 1944, EBSCO is the world's leading information agent providing consultative services and cutting-edge technology for managing and accessing high-quality content, including print and e-journals, e-packages, research databases, e-books, and more. Now more than ever, libraries and research organizations are looking for new ways to manage their collections more efficiently, and EBSCO has developed the most comprehensive "e" discovery and management solutions, offering unparalleled integration to help librarians save time and money while empowering their users.