Allison Long, a first-year Master's of library science student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been awarded the Baker & Taylor Scholarship.
The $4550 scholarship covers the registration costs and fees for one SILS student to attend the SILS Oxford Bodleian Summer Seminar in Oxford, England. Baker & Taylor, a leading worldwide distributor of books, video, music and games, has funded the scholarship since 1998.
"The international nature of my current work has inspired me to try to volunteer overseas after I graduate from SILS," said Long. "I hope to gain a degree of familiarity with the country's organizational systems, customs and people during my trip to Oxford that may help me, in a small way, prepare for my future work overseas," she added.
First offered in 1992, the seminar gives attendees the chance to explore the history of librarianship through presentations and tours of sites like Oxford's Bodleian Library, Oxford University Press and the British Library. The seminar is open to anyone interested, especially library students and professionals.