NYBLC Library Support Staff Professional Development Scholarship

DEADLINE: Applications Accepted Through Friday, May 25, 2018

This scholarship is offered in recognition of 36 years of dedicated service to the library profession by Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), Director-Emeritus at Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. Past President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (2004-2006), Andrew is an Adjunct Instructor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College (CUNY) and the Black Studies Program of the History & Philosophy Department at York College (CUNY). He is also a Library Consultant/Advisor.

The NYBLC, Inc. welcomes membership by any persons who work in the library profession, not solely MLS degreed librarians. This scholarship is created specifically for library support staff. The scholarship seeks to encourage library support staff to work towards and earn an undergraduate baccalaureate degree, in any discipline, from an accredited face-to-face or online academic program

Application Form


  1. The applicant must be enrolled in 4-year undergraduate program at an accredited face-to-face or online academic institution and completed a minimum of 36 credits towards their degree.
  2. The applicant must be a New York State resident.
  3. The applicant must be willing to join the New York Black Librarians Caucus, Inc. and renew their membership for at least two years.


  1. Submission of a transcript from enrolled accredited undergraduate program.
  2. Submission of a 500 word typed bio-essay introducing themselves and their library background and experience, their goal(s) and future aspiration(s) in the library profession.
  3. Two letters of recommendation that support the applicant’s competency and commitment to earning their degree.

A scholarship award of a minimum of $500 up to $1,000 will be awarded during the fall semester.

Applicant must be willing to join the NYBLC and attend a minimum of 3 meetings during the year and/or join a NYBLC committee within one year of receiving the award.

Scholarship recipient may apply for a renewed scholarship with a new bio-essay indicating updated progress towards the degree and updated information on growth and aspirations in the library profession.