Bookings are now open to Victorian public library staff for the next free public library seminar at the State Library of Victoria, under the banner of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects:
Leading lights: library scholarship and award winners share ideas and lessons learned
Friday 25 October 2013, 10.00 am – 3.15 pm State Library of Victoria Conference Centre
Each year, the Library Board of Victoria presents several significant scholarships and awards to the Victorian public library sector. These scholarships and awards have been the catalyst for innovative research and program development in Victorian public libraries.
This day will include an inspiring showcase of recent and past winners who have produced outstanding work exploring a diverse range of intriguing and relevant topics. Their ideas and learning will inspire all public library staff interested in community engagement, new technology and improved service delivery. Those thinking of applying for a scholarship or award are also encouraged to attend to meet past winners and the scholarship administrator.
This seminar is open to Victorian public library staff. Lunch will be provided. Please book online by Thursday 17 October 2013.
About the Library Board of Victoria scholarship and awards
The Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid Scholarships, offered in alternate years, support the leadership development of Victorian public library staff. The scholarships are valued at up to $30,000. Applications for the 2013 Barrett Reid Scholarship opened on 17 September 2013 and close on 10 December 2013. For more information, visit Ramsay & Reid Scholarships.
The biennial Pierre Gorman Award, valued at up to $25,000, funds initiatives that improve public library service delivery for people with a disability. Applications for the 2014 Pierre Gorman Award are now open and will close on 8 October 2013. For more information, visit Pierre Gorman Award
Michelle McLean (2006 Ramsay Scholarship) Michelle’s study tour of US public library services looked at new ways of servicing virtual users through the latest technologies, equipment, training and professional development.
Catherine Killmier (2010 Ramsay Scholarship) Catherine toured libraries that have implemented community-led service delivery models, and developed a community development framework for Victorian public libraries.
Patti Manolis (2003 Ramsay Scholarship)
Patti’s study tour of East Timor helped her better understand the needs of the East Timorese in the Maribyrnong community and to establish a network of contacts for sourcing library materials in relevant languages.
Leonee Derr (2011 Reid Scholarship)
Leonee investigated library services and spaces for young adults in the US, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Estonia and Croatia.
Jane Grace (2012 Pierre Gorman Award)
Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s Connected Community – Auslan and Voice Unite project provided high quality library services to adults and children with a hearing impairment.
Liz Pidgeon (2012 Ramsay Scholarship)
Liz researched leading local and family history programs in the UK and US.