Kiebert Named 2012 ILA Gardner Hanks Scholarship Recipient

by Kristi Brumley

The Idaho Library Association congratulates Boise resident Jenaleigh Kiebert, recipient of the 2012 ILA Gardner Hanks Scholarship! Since 2002, the $500 scholarship has been awarded to students pursuing a “formal library education” and who best match the vision of Gardner Hanks, 2001 Idaho Librarian of the Year. Kiebert is pursuing a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She is currently taking courses in metadata design and cataloging and plans to graduate in March 2013. Kiebert also holds a BA in Art History and Visual Culture from Boise State University.

“As an online student in an MLIS program my capabilities for using current technologies has grown immensely, alongside my grasp of the importance of assessing user needs and implementing effective instructional design,” said Kiebert. “The concepts I have learned in class have informed my daily work in a library setting and I am eager to continue building my knowledge as I complete my degree and envision my library career in Idaho.”

Kiebert worked for Boise Public Library at Collister for two years. As a Library Assistant, Kiebert served patrons at the circulation and reference desk, assisted with adult programs and toddler storytimes, and served on the volunteer coordinators committee. Her supervisor, Jillian Huang, praised Kiebert for her work with the Technology Coach program. Kiebert “…streamlined the process for volunteers, developed and presented training, and adjusted the program to better match the skills of each volunteer with the needs of the client,” said Huang. “Jenaleigh understands process improvement and works well in a team where everyone gets to be a part of the solution.”

Kiebert recently started a new position as a Library Assistant at the Idaho State Archives and Research Center. She previously volunteered and interned for the State Archives where she processed collections and entered metadata for historic photographs to be accessed online. The State Archives provide public access to materials that relate to the history of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about Gardner Hanks Scholarship or to apply for the 2013 educational scholarships please visit www.idaholibraries.org/awards.

Kristi Brumley is the Technical Services Supervisor at Garden City Public Library.

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