The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has awarded its 2001 Baker & Taylor Scholarship to master’s student Melinda Ellison.
The scholarship, which funds participation in the school’s seminar at Oxford University in England, is endowed by an annual $2,500 gift from Baker & Taylor, a book distributor based in Charlotte. The gift enables one SILS student to study at Oxford and the world-renowned Bodleian Library for two weeks each spring.
Ellison, who is completing a degree in library science, is writing her master’s thesis on the history of women’s libraries in Europe, a topic she hopes to research further at the Bodleian. Some of her SILS classes, Ellison said, “really piqued my interest in the history of books and libraries.” She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art history and comparative literature in 1997 and a master’s degree in art history in 1999, both from the University of Western Ontario.
The selection of a scholarship recipient is based on scholastic record, financial need and an essay explaining the student’s desire to attend the seminar. The selection committee is comprised of SILS faculty members familiar with the program.
Ellison, a native of London, Ontario, said the trip will be invaluable to her studies. “I’m really looking forward to it. I should really get a lot out of this trip,” she said. Ellison is a member of the student chapters of the Special Libraries Association and the American Library Association, as well as the College Art Association.
The seminar, “Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future,” is co-sponsored by SILS and the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University. The program was established in 1992 and annually draws professionals and graduate students from around the world to participate in lectures and library tours.