Master's Student Billy Cook receives 2012 Baker & Taylor Award to Morocco

April 12, 2012

Billy CookThe School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is pleased to announce that Master's student Billy Cook is the recipient of the Baker & Taylor Award to Morocco. The $4800 award is intended to cover airfare and other costs associated with the 4-6 week program at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) in Ifrane, Morocco.

Cook joins a delegation from SILS traveling to AUI in late May for a UNC Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century (ELIME-21) workshop on metadata (see the agenda here). SILS faculty members Dr. Jane Greenberg and Dr. Evelyn Daniel will present the workshop. Dr. Javed Mostafa and Ph.D. students Sarah Ramdeen and Sumayya Ahmed will also participate and help Cook plan his project. Cook will then spend the remainder of his 4-6 week stint strengthening the AUI Library's digital archives.
"I’d like to thank Baker & Taylor and the ELIME program for sponsoring this internship," said Cook. "I'm excited to be a part of 'Team Morocco' and grateful for the opportunity to help strengthen the relationship between SILS and Al Akhawayn University. I'll be blogging about the experience, so stay tuned for more information."
The Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) funded ELIME-21 program, directed by Dr. Barbara Moran and Dr. Javed Mostafa, was established in conjunction with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, to create graduate level LIS programs adapted to meet the local needs of two universities in North Africa and the Middle East, the American University in Cairo and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. 

The Baker & Taylor scholarship to Morocco is new this year and is an addition to the company's sponsorship of the summer seminars to London and Prague. Baker & Taylor is a leading worldwide distributor of books, video, music and games.