Amanda MacDonald receives Baker & Taylor Award to Egypt

April 17, 2013

UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science graduate student, Amanda MacDonald, is the recipient of a Baker & Taylor award to Egypt. The $5000 award will cover airfare, the cost of subsistence, ground transportation and in-country travel during the 4-6 week program at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

“While in Egypt, I will be an intern at the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the AUC,” MacDonald said. “I will be working on a staff development program for reference staff at AUC, and completing tasks such as creating lesson plans, making video tutorials, editing existing and creating new LibGuides, staffing the Research Help Desk and selecting webinars for staff.”

During her time in Egypt, MacDonald will also attend the UNC Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century (ELIME-21) workshop on Library Leadership being held in Cairo in late May. When she returns from her trip, MacDonald will write a paper, in consultation with Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor Dr. Barbara B. Moran, on collection development strategies and practices in all languages and formats in Egypt. She will then have the opportunity to present this information to Baker & Taylor, the sponsors of her award.

“I am so excited, and thankful, for this award,” said MacDonald. “Over the past semester, I have become increasingly more interested in international librarianship, but I have never been abroad. This award is providing me the opportunity to explore this interest further and to really experience what it would be like to work in an academic library outside of the United States.”

The Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) funded ELIME-21 program, directed by Dr. Moran and Dr. Javed Mostafa, professor, 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 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.