MSLS student Ness Shortley wins stipend for YA Services Symposium

August 27, 2018

Ness Shortley, a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has won the 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend will provide Shortley with up to $1,000 to offset travel expenses to attend the 2018 YA Services Symposium, which will be held Nov. 2-4 in Salt Lake City, UT.

A woman with one hand raised about to speak
Ness Shortley talks about the #MeToo movement in kids' lit
at the 2018 Information for Social Good Symposium at SILS.

“We have the responsibility to curate diverse collections, create accessible spaces for all students, equip students to be information literate critical thinkers, collaborate with our colleagues and those outside the school’s walls to benefit students, and, crucially, to listen to what our students tell us they want,” wrote Shortley in her application.

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, SILS Professor and Director of the School Library Media Program, recommended Shortley for the stipend. “Ness consistently expresses a professional philosophy which focuses on building relationships and supporting the full range of adolescent needs,” wrote Hughes-Hassell.

The theme of the 2018 YALSA YA Services Symposium will be “Zeroing In: Focusing on Teen Needs.” To learn more about the symposium, including information on programs and how to register, please visit Join the conversation online with the hashtag #yalsa18.