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In 2014, the Scholarship transitioned to a $1500 conference travel award, following discussions at the Subcommittee’s meeting in Salt Lake City and subsequent approval by the Executive Board. At the 2015 SALALM Conference, the scholarship changed once again.  The Executive Committee approved the following major change to the scholarship, that it would be awarded only once a year in order to attend the annual SALALM conference.

At the Princeton conference in 2015, the Subcommittee requested funding at a slightly higher level for the coming year, to $7,500 (in addition to $500 for publicity), which would permit up to five awards of $1,500 in the event of another strong pool of applicants. Additionally, the Subcommittee sought the establishment of an escrowed account in which to build a deposit of funds from member contributions and any unused funds, beginning with this year’s member donations.

This year, we received 8 applicants for the scholarship and the committee were pleased to award the scholarship to 5 of them.  They are:

-          Hannivett Nabahe, University of Arizona
-          Lara Aase, University of Washington
-          Daniel Arbino, University of Arizona
-          Amanda Moreno, New York University
-          Emma Whittington, University of Texas

In order to save costs for the conference and the scholarship, awardees are asked to share a room with a fellow awardee or a SALALM member.  This is a great opportunity to network for the new members of SALALM.

The Subcommittee is asking the Executive Committee to continue its funding of the scholarship at $8000 per year. Last year’s total amount was $8000 (broken down by ‘SALALM Scholarship and Publicity for $5,500 and ‘Scholarship awardees conference travel’ for $2,500 – see 2015-2016 SALALM Final Budget). We have combined all of this into one amount. We would also like to ensure that any surplus for the scholarship is put into escrow. This will continue to build funds and encourage growing the SALALM membership.

Current Subcommittee members are Jill Baron, Adrian Johnson (co-chair), Katherine McCann, Nathalie Soini (co-chair), Tim Thompson, Jana Krentz and Jade Mishler.  Adrian and Jill will be co-chairs for the 2016-2017.  Nathalie is stepping down from the committee and thankfully Jade has agreed to promote the scholarship to Canadian schools in lieu of Nathalie’s absence.

Adrian Johnson and Nathalie Soini
May 3, 2016

 

Now in its third year of operation, the Subcommittee is charged with the responsibility to promote the SALALM Scholarship and select its awardees. This year eight individuals from six different universities applied fall semester, and for the spring semester, eleven individuals from nine different universities applied. In the fall Teresa Polk (University of Maryland, College Park) and Nelson Santana (Drexel University) received the Scholarship, and the President approved their participation in the SALALM 59 program with the SALALM Scholarship Awardee Travel Grant. For the spring semester the Scholarship awardees are Emily Bulger and Kathryn Darnall, both of The University of Texas at Austin.

For the FY 2012/13 donations from membership amounted to $410. The Executive Board approved $5000 for scholarships and $2000 for the travel grant. The Subcommittee is requesting that the unspent funds from the Scholarship ($1000) be carried forward to FY 2014 – 2015.

The Subcommittee will continue to follow the careers of awardees through interviews that will be posted on the SALALM website.

We believe that the availability of the Scholarship has significantly increased the awareness of SALALM among graduate students and faculty in archival, information and library science programs in the US and Canada.

Throughout the last three years the Subcommittee presented ideas for promoting the Scholarship, focused intensely on evaluative measures, developed operating protocols, and prepared a detailed calendar of duties. We are especially indebted to Alison Hicks and Jesús Alonso-Regalado for working through many drafts of these documents and creating the Web access points with appropriate security measures. The overall process is one of efficiency and clarity with ease of access to all documentation the Subcommittee requires in the course of each semester’s competition.

This year’s Subcommittee members are: Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Alison Hicks, Peter T. Johnson, Katherine McCann, Nathalie Soini, Gayle Williams and Mary Jo Zeter. It is the final year of service for Alonso-Regalado, Johnson and Williams. Their replacements are: Jill Baron, Tim Thompson and Adrian Johnson for a three-year term.

Report submitted by Peter T. Johnson, Chair
27 March 2014

 

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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 one of these programs in order to apply, and interest in academic and research libraries or archives is required. The amount awarded per scholarship is $1000. For FY 2011-12 SALALM members contributed  $2,029, and in the current FY (as of 30 April) $405 are received for this important project. For FY 2012-13 the Executive Board approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee and allocated $4,000 for four scholarships. Expenses last FY were $548.15 for the design and printing of two posters. This FY the expenses are $430.

The task force consisted of Alison Hicks, Jesús Alonso Regalado, Paloma Celis Carbajal, Gayle Williams, Nathalie Soini, Mary Jo Zeter, and Peter T. Johnson (chair). It met at the annual conference in 2012 and subsequently via e-mail throughout 2012 and 2013. Substantial discussion focused on evaluative criteria, categories and weight of importance. New ideas arose, the principal one being how to link the award to an opportunity to participate in a SALALM conference. A separate proposal addressing this objective was prepared for the Finance Committee’s consideration. A mentorship program also emerged as an initiative to consider for the organization. Also discussed was the recommendation that the task force become formalized within the SALALM structure, procedures for rotating off the task force, and means of stimulating interest in Latin American area specialization among current MA-level students for whom the scholarship is targeted. This last topic would involve presentations to MA candidates by SALALM members.

During the fall semester 8 applications arrived (2011: 17 and for spring 8 (2012: 11). Many candidates presented excellent qualifications and records of accomplishment. Selection was difficult, and in fall two candidates were judged to merit the scholarship: John Kroondyk (Indiana University) and Bruce Bachand (University of Kentucky). For spring D. Ryan Lynch and Betsaida M. Reyes (both at SUNY – Albany) received the scholarship. For biographical information see: http://salalm.org/tag/salalm-scholarship-winners/ . We will endeavor to track the placements of all awardees.

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. She also created an archive for past applications. We also benefitted from Daisy Domínguez’ 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. Alison Hicks and Jesús Alonso Regalado handled the internal record system for recording evaluations and deriving rankings, thereby bring efficiency to the process.

The task force believes that these scholarships are effective measures for bringing SALALM’s existence and work to the attention of graduate students, and therefore recommends that funding at a similar, or slightly greater (i.e., $5000) level continue for the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

Peter T. Johnson
04.30.2013

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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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