ILA Educational Scholarship Winners

by Kristi Brumley

Two scholarships worth $500 each were recently awarded at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) annual conference banquet in Boise. The Scholarships and Awards committee received dozens of applications from highly qualified candidates. The committee carefully reviewed each application in light of the scholarship criteria. Ben Hunter was selected as the recipient of the Gardner Hanks Scholarship and Thomas Ivie was selected as the recipient of the Idaho Library Association Scholarship.

(L-R): Ivie, Hunter. Photo by Kristi Brumley.

Hunter is currently attending the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, Massachusetts. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions. Hunter holds the position of Head of Cataloging and Collections at the University of Idaho Library in Moscow. In addition, Hunter was the 2010-2011 President of the ILA and he was selected as part of the 2011 class of American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders. Hunter also possesses a Master of Music in Composition and plays the Scottish Highland bagpipes.

Hunter stated, “By becoming a more effective manager, leader and scholar, I will be able to make substantive contributions to the University of Idaho. What I learn as I pursue this degree will give me the tools to continually improve our assessment, budget management, and fundraising abilities and help the library create the best possible culture and climate for its employees. As the state’s land grant institution, the health of our library has an effect on all of Idaho. My hope is that my studies will also help to inform my continued involvement in the ILA, helping to make it the dynamic and impactful professional organization that the libraries and librarians of Idaho deserve.”

Thomas Ivie

Ivie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas (UNT). In addition to the ILA scholarship he was awarded the SWIM (South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho & Montana) scholarship to attend the UNT distance graduate library program. Ivie is a Library Assistant in the Serials and Government Documents department of the University of Idaho College of Law Library in Moscow. He has worked in libraries for more than sixteen years and has been at the law library for more than thirteen years. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Ivie currently serves on the editorial board for the Idaho Librarian. He is Vice-Chair of the Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission, and serves on the board for Moscow’s club lacrosse team. Ivie plans to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA in 2012.

Ivie stated, “I knew I wanted to become a librarian almost twenty years ago and I’m finally making that dream a reality. Many things have changed during those twenty years and the profession continues to evolve. Professional development activities, like attending conferences, are important tools in keeping us up to date and preparing for the future. We come away from them with new knowledge and ideas that ultimately can make us better at what we do, improve our organizations, and energized to give back to the profession. I am looking forward to attending the ALA Annual Conference, taking it all in, and coming back with new knowledge, ideas, and energized.”

Scholarship Criteria

The ILA scholarship requires candidates to be a member of the ILA and to participate in an educational activity such as workshops, institutes, conferences or courses. The Gardner Hanks scholarship requires candidates to be a member of the ILA and pursue a formal library education. It is awarded to those who best match the vision of Gardner Hanks who was the 2001 Librarian of the Year.

Candidates may apply for 2012 scholarships in April. They will be presented at the ILA Annual Conference in Pocatello in October 2012.

Kristi Brumley is a Library Assistant at Boise Public Library’s Collister Branch and the College of Western Idaho.

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