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Travel Awardees Selected for Library Assessment Conference 2018

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the conference planning committee have given 11 outstanding individuals travel awards to attend the 2018 Library Assessment Conference in Houston, Texas, on December 5–7.  

The Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. Each award includes free conference registration and $1,000 to cover the costs of transportation, lodging, meals, and workshops at this year’s conference. This seventh Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries. 

The 2018 Library Assessment Conference Travel Award recipients are: 

Selena Bryant, User Engagement and Inclusion Librarian, Mann Library, Cornell University 

Alexa Carter, NCSU Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University 

Kimberly Lace Fama, Reference Librarian, The University of British Columbia 

Twanna Hodge, Academic/Research Librarian, Health Sciences Library, SUNY Upstate Medical University 

Zhehan Jiang, PhD, Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama 

Jean Sarurai Kanengoni, PhD Student in Library and Information Science, School of Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Leni Matthews, User Experience Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington 

Kyung-Im (Kim) Noh, Data Analyst, Harvard University 

Marisa Ramirez, Archival Processing Assistant, Loyola Marymount University; MLS Student, University of North Texas 

Danielle Rapue, Systems & Assessment Librarian, Pasadena City College 

Lamonica Sanford, Assessment Librarian, Georgia College 

The awardees were selected by a committee composed of members of the ARL Assessment Committee, the Library Assessment Conference Steering Committee, and past award recipients.

About the Library Assessment Conference

The goal of the Library Assessment Conference is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The event provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, and pre-conference workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment. Sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries, the conference has been held biennially since 2006 and attracts more than 600 participants. The Library Assessment Conference is on the web at libraryassessment.org.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the University of Washington Libraries

The University of Washington (UW) Libraries, located in Seattle, is the largest library in the Pacific Northwest. The UW Libraries is well-known for its innovative programs and services in assessment, organizational development, user spaces, and institutional collaboration. Its print and digital collections support world-class research and scholarship in such areas as health sciences, environmental sciences, area and language studies, and the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries is on the web at www.lib.washington.edu.

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