NYLA YSS Scholarship -application deadline: May 31, 2019

Ann Gibson Scholarship Award from the Youth Services Section of the
New York Library Association

          This scholarship is given annually to honor the memory of Ann Gibson, a dynamic and dedicated librarian, storyteller, and teacher, in recognition of her many contributions to the field of youth service librarianship.  Ann’s career in Western New York was spent in public libraries and several colleges and universities.  As a founding member of the Genesee Storytellers, Gibson provided in-service training in children’s literature for librarians and teachers.  She was a guiding force in the University of Rochester’s annual storytelling conference.  Ann was also an active volunteer for local charities involving children with special needs.  The Ann Gibson scholarship is a memorial to Ann’s passionate abilities to share her love of children’s literature and the art of storytelling with thousands of children and adults. 

Purpose:  To provide financial assistance to a person who has chosen to pursue graduate studies that will lead to New York State certification as a youth specialist in a public library or school media center.

DeadlineMay 31, 2019

Notification: by September 1, 2019

Amount:  $1,000

Qualifications:

  1. Applicant must be a full-time or part-time graduate library student seeking to further their education in services to young people and have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours towards the MLS.
  • Applicant must be a regular or student member of NYLA/YSS at the time of submitting the application.
  • Applicant must be directing their course of study towards youth services.
  • Applicant must NOT be an officer or employee, or relative of an officer or employee, of the New York Library Association, New York Library Association Council, or the Executive Board of the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association.
  • Applicant must not have completed their course work prior to December of the year of the award.
  • Applicant must be a resident of (or employed in) New York State at the time of the award.

Criteria to Judge Recipient:

  1. Two supporting statements that document the applicant’s competence and commitment to youth services librarianship.
  • Involvement (i.e., membership, attendance) in organizations, conferences, and publications related to youth services librarianship.
  • A transcript from an accredited library school that documents the applicant’s good academic standing and completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • The winning applicant must be willing to share her/his educational experience in some form following the YSS Spring Conference.

Narrative Statement:

Please present a brief statement that cites relevant experience you have had in youth services and your philosophy and/or future goals in terms of youth services librarianship.

For further information, please contact the Scholarship Committee chair.

Send the completed application form, two supporting statements, transcript(s), narrative statement, and verification of your current NYLA membership to:

Amy Hogue

YSS Scholarship Committee Chair

Youth Services Librarian

Parma Public Library

7 West Avenue

Hilton, NY 14468

amy.hogue@libraryweb.org

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED OR POSTMARKED

NO LATER THAN MAY 31, 2019   

 Ann Gibson Scholarship Award Application

Please type/print clearly:

Name:_________________________________________________________________

Home Address: _________________________________________________________

City, State: _________________________________________  Zip Code: __________

Telephone (Home): _______________________ (Work): ________________________

Name and address of present employer, if applicable:

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Education:

Degree                       Date Received                      Institution

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In which ALA – accredited graduate school are you currently enrolled?

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Please list course titles and credits completed and those in which you are currently enrolled (a minimum of 12 credit hours MUST be completed by the end of May of the current year).   Attach additional sheets if necessary.

Course Title               Credit Hours Completed                   Credit Hours in Progress

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Please list membership in professional and other organizations, honor societies, scholarships and/or other honors you have been awarded, attendance at youth services conferences and workshops. Please list dates where applicable. Attach additional sheets if necessary.

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Please list related community, civic, and volunteer experience. Please list dates.

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Where did you learn about this scholarship? ____________________________________

Are you either a U.S. citizen or an alien who has/will have the legal right to work as a professional librarian in New York State after obtaining your MLS degree? __________

I have read the instructions with this application and certify that the above statements are correct and complete. I understand that the Scholarship Committee will maintain this information as confidential.

Signature______________________________________________________________

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Supporting Statement for the Ann Gibson Scholarship Award

_________________________________________________ is applying to the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association for a student scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide the funds for further education for individuals planning a career in youth services librarianship. Please comment regarding this individual’s competency in and/or commitment to youth services librarianship.

COMMENTS:

How long, and by what connection, have you known the applicant? _________________

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Signature_______________________________________ Date___________________

Title___________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________

Phone ______________________

(Please return this statement to the student who will attach it to the award application.)

Supporting Statement for the Ann Gibson Scholarship Award

_________________________________________________ is applying to the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association for a student scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide the funds for further education for individuals planning a career in youth services librarianship. Please comment regarding this individual’s competency in and/or commitment to youth services librarianship.

COMMENTS:

How long, and by what connection, have you known the applicant? _________________

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Signature_______________________________________ Date___________________

Title___________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________

Phone ______________________

(Please return this statement to the student who will attach it to the award application.)