2016 Continuing Education Scholarship Awardees

Fairfax Library Foundation Announces the Continuing Education Scholarship Awardees

Fairfax, VA – Fairfax Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Scholarship Awardees for the July 2016 Continuing Education Scholarships. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established to enhance the capability of the Fairfax County Public Library staff and volunteers to deliver high quality public service. Twice a year the Foundation awards several scholarships up to $1,500 to support the continuing education of library employees and volunteers. The Foundation is proud to award funds in this round to seven library employees at five different library branches to enhance Fairfax County Public Library services.

Awardees include Chris Barbuschak of the Virginia Room for his involvement in the Society of American Archivists’ class “Archivists Guide to Balancing Legal Issues in Photographic Collections,” Sarah Souther of George Mason Regional Library for her participation in the American Library Association’s “Alt+ Library: Programming for 20s and 30s” workshop, and Caroline D. Tirona of Dolley Madison Library for completion of Northern Virginia Community College’s “CHD 118 – Language Arts for Children” course. Three individuals including Alicia Rocconi and Denise Dorn of Patrick Henry Library, and Susan McClain of City of Fairfax Regional Library, were awarded scholarship funds for their attendance at the Annual Virginia Library Association Conference. Finally, Laura Wickstead of the Virginia Room is recognized for her upcoming attendance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archivists Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

Executive Director Susan Harman states, “We maintain that continuing education is vital for library professionals to renew their skills and expertise in order to be able to continue providing the highest level of services to our community.  Those we support through our Continuing Education Scholarship Program enhance their knowledge and share it with colleagues and library users.” Abigail Fine, Director of Development, adds, “We are so pleased to support our library staff and volunteers with the Scholarship Program.”

All Fairfax County Public Library employees and volunteers are eligible to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded either for advance funding or reimbursement for registration costs, books/materials, and travel-related expenses to attend seminars, conferences, lectures, workshops, adult education classes, certificate programs, or college and university classes when not enrolled in a formal degree program. Attendance at such events must benefit the library system in a demonstrable fashion.

FLF Scholarship Logo2

Fairfax Library Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library.  The Foundation, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library, serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for our community. www.FairfaxLibraryFoundation.org