Created in June 2011 by Executive Board decision, the SALALM Scholarship is for Master degree candidates in ALA accredited institutions that offer programs in information and library science, as well as for students in archival studies programs at the Masters level. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of study in order to apply, and interest in academic and research libraries or archives is required. The amount awarded is $1000. A generous anonymous donation of $999 enabled SALALM to award a spring semester scholarship. We are deeply appreciative of the recognition by this SALALM member of the importance of assisting graduate students, as well as in supporting the launch of the scholarship. Thus far this FY SALALM members donated $1684 to this important project. Expenses were $398 for the design and printing of two posters.

The task force consisted of Anne Barnhart (fall semester only), Alison Hicks, Jesús Alonso Regalado, Paloma Celis Carbajal, Gayle Williams, Nathalie Soini, Mary Jo Zeter, and Peter T. Johnson (chair). During the summer the guidelines and requirements were developed, and announcement of the scholarship along with a poster, went to directors of graduate study. It was decided initially to limit the candidate pool to those studying in Canada and the US. Additional promotion during fall semester with library schools occurred through direct messages from task force members. Substantial discussion focused on evaluative criteria. New ideas arose to discuss for AY 2012-2013.

During the fall semester 17 applications arrived and for spring 11. Many candidates presented excellent qualifications and records of accomplishment. Selection was difficult, and in fall two candidates were judged to merit the scholarship: Lisa Cruces (Univ. of Texas at Austin) and Timothy Thompson (Indiana Univ.). For spring David Fernández (Univ. of Toronto) received the scholarship. For biographical information see: http://salalm.org/tag/salalm-scholarship-winners/

Given the success of promoting the recognition in Canada and the US of SALALM among graduate students and faculty through the SALALM Scholarship, the task force believes that SALALM should continue funding for another year.

The task force is indebted to Melissa Gasparotto for setting up, monitoring and problem resolution of the JotForm software; the efficiency of the application process would not have been feasible without her assistance. We also benefitted from Daisy Domínguez for her handling the web postings and details related to them. Carol Avila was once again indispensible with the publicity, mailings and inquiries from applicants and references. To all three SALALM owes its appreciation and thanks.

Peter T. Johnson
6.6.2012

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