Deborah K. Balsamo, director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library in Research Triangle Park, was recently awarded a grant from 3M Corporation to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in San Francisco.
3M’s New Member Round Table (NMRT) Professional Development Grant is awarded to librarians who have been working in the field for less than 10 years. It covers each recipient’s airfare, hotel accommodations, conference registration fees and daily expenses for the ALA annual meeting. Balsamo was one of only three librarians (out of a record 300 who applied) awarded the grant in 2001.
Balsamo is a master’s graduate of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She’s worked at the EPA Library since 1998 and was named director in 2000. SILS contracts with the EPA to provide the library with its five-person permanent staff, as well as up to 18 master’s student interns each year.
SILS and the EPA have enjoyed a unique, 26-year partnership and the school was recently awarded a new, five-year contract to continue administering the internship program.
The School of Information and Library Science, ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent survey of library programs, is home to approximately 300 graduate students, 70 undergraduates, 30 doctoral students and 19 full-time faculty members. It addition to preparing students for careers in library administration, acquisitions, collections management, cataloging and other aspects of library research and practice, the school readies students for work as database administrators, LAN managers, system administrators and web programmers.
SILS offers master’s degrees in information science and library science, a certificate of advanced study, a doctor of philosophy in information and library science and an undergraduate minor in information systems.
3M is a founding partner in the ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, also known as the @ your library™ campaign. This five-year public education campaign is designed to help promote the value of all types of libraries and librarians in the 21st century.