Announcing Continuing Education Scholarship Awards

Fairfax Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Scholarship Awards for the December 2015 Continuing Education Scholarships. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established to enhance the capability of the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) staff and volunteers to deliver high quality public service. Twice a year, the Foundation awards several scholarships up to $1,000 to support the continuing education of FCPL employees and volunteers. The Foundation is proud to award funds in this round to six library employees at five individual branches to enhance Fairfax County Public Library services.

Awardees include Sondra Eklund, Youth Services Manager at City of Fairfax Regional Library, and Karen Jakl, also at City of Fairfax Regional, who both receive the scholarship as reimbursement for attending the American Library Association Annual Conference. Jill Johnson, Assistant Branch Manager at Reston Regional Library, is awarded funds for attending the Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, as is Denise Dorn, librarian at Patrick Henry Library. Laura Wickstead, Virginia Room Librarian, receives scholarship funds for attending the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. Finally, Sarah Souther of Sherwood Regional is awarded a scholarship to take a course entitled “Rethinking Digital Literacy” to serve library staff and users.

“A preponderance of information is available to the public, particularly in the digital age, and librarians and library staff know how to access that information and are able to show people ways to analyze it efficiently and use it effectively for their needs,” says Susan Harman, Executive Director. “We maintain that continuing education is vital for library professionals to renew their skills and expertise in order to be able to continue providing the highest level of services to our community. Those we support through our Continuing Education Scholarship Program enhance their knowledge and share it with colleagues and library users.” Abigail Fine, Director of Development, says, “We are so pleased to support our library staff and volunteers with the Scholarship Program. We hope to expand this over time, to open up the possibilities for more and greater continuing education opportunities to our librarians.”

All FCPL employees and volunteers are eligible to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded either for advance funding or reimbursement for registration costs, books/materials, and travel-related expenses to attend seminars, conferences, lectures, workshops, adult education classes, certificate programs, or college and university classes when not enrolled in a formal degree program. Attendance at such events must benefit the FCPL in a demonstrable fashion.


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Fairfax Library Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. The Foundation, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library, serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for our community.