Nan Singh, winner of the 2009 Blanche Woolls Spectrum Scholarship awarded by SLIS, proves that age is no obstacle to learning. The 64-year-old SLIS student admits that her reason for pursuing her MLIS “isn’t exactly noble.” She needs the degree to continue in her current job as head librarian at California Christian College in Fresno, Calif. According to Singh, her SLIS studies have introduced her to new possibilities for her own library, such as bolstering reference services for students, as well as reaching out to the neighboring community with adult literacy programs.
Jonathan Paulo, recipient of the 2009 SLIS H.W. Wilson Scholarship, dreamed of being a professional musician before setting his sights on a career in reference services at an academic library.
SLIS part–time faculty Meredith Farkas received an Excellence in Online Education Award from the Web–based Information Science Education (WISE) consortium, recognizing her innovative use of technology in distance learning courses. Farkas is one of only seven winners nationwide who recently received the award for their accomplishments during 2008.
Jean Amaral, a 2006 SLIS graduate, is one of 10 winners of the inaugural “I Love My Librarian!” national award presented by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York Times, and the American Library Association. More than 3,200 librarians nationwide were nominated for the $5,000 cash prize this year, which is given in recognition of the librarians’ commitment and service to their communities and schools.