by Amy Mortensen
The Idaho Library Association Scholarship worth $500 was recently awarded in Pocatello at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) annual conference banquet. The Scholarships and Awards committee received several applications from highly qualified applicants. After careful review of each application, Katelyn Volle was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship from ILA.
Katelyn started classes this fall at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas. It will take her 2 years to finish her Master’s degree. She is currently working as the Library Assistant at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls. She was born in Twin Falls and has spent most of her life there, but she has also lived in Colorado, Georgia, and Texas. Idaho will always feel like home to her.
The scholarship money will help Katelyn to continue with the SWIM (South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana) program through UNT, as well as allowing her to attend classes that will benefit her current position as a Library Assistant. These classes and her degree will ultimately help the teachers and students she works with. Katie states “I want to be a librarian because of the dynamic role we play in connecting people with information and ideas. I love assisting others and seeing their processes of inquiry become empowered through education in library resources. I firmly believe in the equality and equity of information access and want to be a part in providing these services to diverse populations. Also, I love how a single book can connect people from many backgrounds to a shared experience and how libraries are able to facilitate such connections among the communities we serve.”
The ILA scholarship requires candidates to be a member of ILA and to participate in an educational activity such as workshops, institutes, conferences or courses.
Candidates may apply for 2013 scholarships in April. They will be presented at the ILA Annual Conference in October.
Amy Mortensen, Adult Services Supervisor at the Twin Falls Public Library and the ILA Public Library Division Chair for 2012-2013.