Baker & Taylor scholarship will fund student trip to Oxford each spring

Release date: 

January 1, 1998

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Thanks to a recent gift from leading book distributor Baker & Taylor, a student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will have the opportunity to study at the world-renowned Bodleian Library at Oxford University in England. This gift of $2,500 will be made annually by Baker & Taylor so that the school may select one graduate student to receive funding to attend the two-week summer seminar.

"I am impressed with the dedication of the people and the work being done at Carolina," said Jim Ulsamer, president of Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor. "We are pleased and honored to provide this scholarship." Ulsamer has served on the SILS Board of Visitors for the past three years.

A committee is being formed in January for the task of choosing the first recipient of this scholarship. The choice will be based on scholastic record, financial need and an essay explaining the student's desire to attend the seminar.

The seminar, "Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future," is co-sponsored by SILS and the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. This program was begun in 1992 and annually draws professionals and graduate students from across the country to participate in lectures and tours of Oxford University and the Bodleian Library. "The school is very proud of its Oxford summer seminar program," said SILS Dean Barbara B. Moran. "I truly think it may be the best way for both students and librarians to gain an international perspective on the profession."

For more information about the 1998 program, which runs from May 17 through 30, contact Melissa Cain (919-962-08365 or

The School of Information and Library Science is home to approximately 250 graduate students, 60 undergraduates and 19 full-time faculty members. It prepares students to work with computer information systems and networks or for careers in library administration, acquisitions, collections management and other aspects of library work. The school 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.