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Ann Gibson Scholarship

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Download the requirements here (pdf)

This scholarship is given annually to honor the memory of Ann Gibson, a dynamic and dedicated librarian, storyteller, and teacher, in recognition of her many contributions to the field of youth service librarianship.

Ann’s career in Western New York was spent in public libraries and several colleges and universities. As a founding member of the Genesee Storytellers, Gibson provided in-service training in children’s literature for librarians and teachers. She was a guiding force in the University of Rochester’s annual storytelling conference. Ann was also an active volunteer for local charities involving children with special needs. The Ann Gibson scholarship is a memorial to Ann’s passionate abilities to share her love of children’s literature and the art of storytelling with thousands of children and adults. Details of the scholarship follow.

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to a person who has chosen to pursue graduate studies that will lead to New York State certification as a youth specialist in a public library or school media center.

Deadline: May 26, 2017
Notification: by September 1, 2017
Amount: $1,000 

NYLA full conference registration fee at student rate

1. Applicant must be a full-time or part-time graduate library student who has completed a minimum of 18 credit hours in a Master's Program in Library and Information Studies.
2. Applicant must be a regular or student member of NYLA/YSS at the time of submitting the application.
3. Applicant must be directing their course of study towards youth services.
4. Applicant must NOT be an officer or employee, or relative of an officer or employee, of the New York Library Association, New York Library Association Council, or the Executive Board of the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association.
5. Applicant must not have completed their course work prior to December of the year of the award.
6. Applicant must be a resident of (or employed in) New York State at the time of the award.

Criteria to Judge Recipient:

1. Two supporting statements that document the applicant’s competence and commitment to youth services librarianship. YSS Board members and Scholarship Committee members are not allowed to supply supporting statements.
2. Involvement (i.e., membership, attendance) in organizations, conferences, and publications related to youth services librarianship.
3. A transcript from an accredited library school that documents the applicant’s good academic standing and completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours.
4. The winning applicant must be willing to share her/his educational experience in the form of an article written for the YSS Spring Newsletter.
This must be completed by March 1, 2018.

Narrative Statement:

Please present a brief statement that cites relevant experience you have had in youth services and your philosophy and/or future goals in terms of youth services librarianship.

For further information, please contact the Scholarship Committee Chair.

Send the completed application form, two supporting statements, transcript(s), narrative statement, and verification of your current NYLA membership in print or electronic form to:

Hannah Baumgartner
YSS Scholarship Committee Chair
Gates Public Library
902 Elmgrove Rd
Rochester, NY 14624


NO LATER THAN May 26, 2017

Download the application here (pdf)

Download the requirements here (pdf)