FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship
About the Scholarship
2021 FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship Recipient
2019 FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship Inaugural Year Recipients
FLS Announces New Scholarship!
Who Is Randall (Randy) Enos?
FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship Application Packet (PDF)
Donate to the FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship Fund online (scroll down the page to the FLS fund)
The FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship will provide financial assistance for two members of the Friends of Libraries Section, who are also members of a Friends of the Library group at any type of library in NYS, to attend the NYLA Annual Conference. One scholarship will be for an individual attending for the first time and a second for anyone wishing to go regardless of how many conferences previously attended. These scholarships will be offered in odd-numbered years. The scholarship is named in honor of FLS President Emeritus Randall Enos, a founding member of the Empire Friends Roundtable (EFR) established in 1992 and the precursor to FLS. Randy served as EFR President for six terms and has been a continuous member of both EFR and FLS. His dedication to the library community and support of Friends of the Library groups across the state is exceptional. He was the Youth Consultant at the Ramapo Catskill Library System in Middletown, NY from 1982 through his retirement in 2019 and he was recognized with the NYLA Outstanding Service to Libraries Award in 2000.
What will the scholarship cover?
The FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship will reimburse costs associated with attending a NYLA Annual Conference including conference registration, travel, and lodging up to a maximum amount of $750 for each recipient. This scholarship will be awarded in odd-numbered years, alternating with the FLS Dewey Fellowship offered in even-numbered years. In addition, the recipient will be entitled to attend a pre-conference continuing education workshop sponsored by the Friends of Libraries Section at no charge.
Who is eligible?
The FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship recipient is chosen based on the following criteria:
- A community volunteer (or staff member) who is currently and actively involved in a local Friends of the Library group; one who has not previously attended a NYLA Annual Conference and one who may, or may not, have attended previously.
- The applicants must be members in good standing of NYLA and FLS. Membership types include:
- personal members (e.g. Friend, Retiree, Trustee, Regular, or Organizational Associate)
- individuals registered with NYLA through a Friends Group organizational membership including the primary contact for the group (voting member of NYLA) and the elected officers of that Friends group (non-voting members of NYLA)
- Individuals holding FLS Board-appointed positions are eligible to apply, with the exception of the FLS Scholarship Coordinator and Scholarship Readers.
- Members of the FLS Executive Board who hold elected positions are not eligible for this scholarship.
- Student members of NYLA are not eligible to apply for this award.
- Individuals may only receive one FLS Scholarship or FLS Dewey Fellowship Award in their lifetime.
How do I apply?
- Complete the scholarship application form and include the requested documentation and letter(s) of recommendation as outlined below.
- A letter (not to exceed two pages) that includes the following:
- Why do you wish to attend the NYLA Annual Conference?
- How do you plan to integrate your conference experience into your work with your Friends group?
- A statement from your local Friends of the Library organization to verify your membership in your local Friends group
- At least one letter of recommendation from an officer or committee chair in your Friends of the Library group or the library director
- The FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship recipients will be notified during the summer so that they may register for the NYLA Annual Conference in a timely manner. The recipients will be reimbursed for conference registration, travel, and lodging expenses not to exceed $750.
- FLS will provide clear instructions to the recipient regarding the process for reimbursement of acceptable conference expenses. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current NYLA approved rate.
- Recipients will be expected to attend the FLS Annual Membership Meeting during the conference
- Recipients should attend as many FLS-sponsored programs as possible.
- Post-conference, recipients will submit an article to the FLS newsletter highlighting their reflections on their conference experience, their takeaways, and their action plan.
- Recipients may be asked to evaluate the scholarship application process and procedures.
What's the deadline to submit the application packet?
Application packets must be submitted to the FLS Scholarship Coordinator by 06/1/2021 before 5:00 p.m. To submit an application please complete the form and email it, along with any accompanying documentation, to Anne Andrianos, FLS Scholarship Coordinator, at email@example.com. As an alternate option, you may submit three copies of the completed form along with three sets of any supporting materials by mail to Anne Andrianos, 4340 Young Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Please submit your nomination in one format only (electronic or paper).
On behalf of the Friends of Libraries Section, the Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 recipient of the FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship, Christopher Lund, President of the Friends of the Cortland Free Library.
Read the complete article in the FLS newsletter, Friends News and Notes. Volume 7 #4 August September 2021.
Read about the 2021 NYLA Annual Conference and the article by Christopher in the December issue of Friends News and Notes. Volume 8 #1 December 2021.
Click here for a PDF of Christopher Lund at the Conference, the 2021 FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship recipient.
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On behalf of the Friends of Libraries Section, the Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the first recipients of the FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship. They are Marianne Michaud from the Friends of the Fairport Public Library and Meg Sgombick from the Friends of the Florida Public Library.
In this inaugural year, scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of a personal letter describing their interest in attending the NYLA Annual Conference and a statement of accomplishments. A letter of recommendation from their library director or Friends group officer was also required. The scholarship provides $750* to each of two FLS members to attend the NYLA Annual Conference in odd-numbered years.
*As the process for the scholarship evolved the FLS Executive Board determined to raise the amount of the scholarship from the advertised $500 to $750 to help provide a more expansive conference experience for the recipients who also receive free registration for the Continuing Education Workshop sponsored by FLS on the Pre-Conference day.
Read the complete article in the FLS newsletter, Friends News and Notes. Volume 5 #4 September 2019.
Read about the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference and the articles by Marianne Michaud and Meg Sgombick in the December issue of Friends News and Notes. Volume 6 #1 December 2019
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Reprinted from Friends News and Notes, vol 5, #2. Click here to read the newsletter.
The Friends of Libraries Section Executive Board is proud to announce a brand new scholarship named for its President Emeritus Randall Enos. The scholarship will provide $500 each for two FLS members to attend the NYLA Annual Conference in odd-numbered years.
A task force of FLS board members explored the possibility of creating a scholarship to be offered in the years that FLS members are unable to apply for a Dewey Fellowship. (FLS members may apply for the Dewey in even-numbered years.) It was determined early on that the scholarship be named in recognition of Randy Enos for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Friends in New York State. Not only is Randy a founding member of the Empire Friends Roundtable of NYLA (now FLS) in 1992, but he has been a continuous member of this organization and its Executive Board. He has also served as its president for at least six terms. His steady hand in the leadership of FLS is more than worthy of this honor.
Once the naming of the scholarship was determined, the task force went on to determine who would be eligible to apply, what should the criteria be, how could FLS pay for this, how many recipients could be named each time, and what should the procedures be? These details were all worked out and with the full support of the Executive Board the FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship was established at their meeting in December, 2018.
Applications are now being accepted. The Enos Scholarship will be given to two members of FLS to attend the NYLA Annual Conference this year. Applicants must also be active in a local Friends of the Library group. One scholarship will be awarded to a first-time attendee at the conference and the second award will go to someone who may, or may not, have previously attended.
Applicants for the Randall Enos Conference Scholarship must be personal members of FLS/NYLA or registered with NYLA as the primary contact or an elected officer of a Friends group that is a current organizational member of FLS/NYLA. Whether a community volunteer or library staff member, applicants must be currently and actively involved in a local Friends group at any type of library in New York State. Members of the FLS Executive Board or student members of NYLA are not eligible to apply. Individuals may only receive one scholarship or Dewey Fellowship from FLS in their lifetime.
The recipients of the Enos Scholarship will be chosen on the basis of a personal letter outlining why they wish to attend the NYLA Annual Conference plus a letter of recommendation from the library director or an officer or committee chair of their Friends group. The application asks for statements of accomplishments as a Friends member, library and community volunteer experience, and personal contributions to the library community.
Two scholarships will be awarded; one to an individual who has not previously attended a NYLA Annual Conference and one to someone who may, or may not, have attended previously. The recipients will also be entitled to attend a half day pre-conference continuing education seminar on strategic planning sponsored by FLS on Wednesday, November 13 at no charge.
The FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship will pay a maximum of $500 of the cost for each of two recipients to attend the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference scheduled for Saratoga Springs from Wednesday, November 13 through Saturday, November 16. Reimbursements include: registration, tickets for events and meal functions, lodging, and travel.
Completed scholarship applications must be received before 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019. An application packet is included as the centerfold of this newsletter. You may download the application packet here. The Enos Conference Scholarship Committee will review all eligible applications and notify recipients and applicants during the summer.
To submit an application please complete the form and email it, along with any accompanying documentation, to Anne Andrianos, FLS Scholarship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. As an alternate option, you may submit three copies of the completed form along with three sets of any supporting materials by mail to Anne Andrianos, 4340 Young Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Please submit your nomination in one format only (electronic or paper).
The scholarships will be underwritten through an endowment funded by contributions to FLS on the occasion of Randy's retirement from the Ramapo Catskill Library System on February 1st. For those wishing to make a donation in Randy’s honor, the form is available here.
Also reprinted from Friends News and Notes newsletter, vol 5, #2 issue. Click here to read the newsletter.
Since 1988, Randy Enos has been a Friend of the library. He retired in February wrapping up a nearly 45 year career in service to libraries. FLS Scholarship Coordinator Anne Andrianos recently conducted an interview with Randy. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.
How would you like to see the recipient use the scholarship?
It is my understanding that the scholarships will be used for attending the NYLA Annual Conference. It's really important for people to meet others from different communities to learn, get inspired - and perhaps see their own communities and community work in a new light. For librarians and library staff, attendance at the NYLA conference is usually subsidized by the library organization. This isn't the case for Friends, so I'm glad the FLS Board came up with a way to give some Friends an incentive to attend the conference - and I'm thrilled that my name is attached to it.
As a professional librarian, how did you get, and stay, so involved with Friends?
Some people are drawn to bars, some to church groups, I was drawn to the library! The director of the Middletown Thrall Library asked me to start a Friends group. It was not only a life-changing experience, it made me look at my job as a librarian differently. My involvement with the Middletown Thrall Friends was personally rewarding in that I made lifelong friendships. I was also doing something positive for the community. To build support for a new library, the Friends (including me) went door-to-door asking residents what they thought about a new library building. Everyone I talked to favored a new library and eagerly told me how much they loved libraries. This was such an eye-opener to me as a librarian. I knew people who use libraries are passionate about them, but I was totally unaware that the general population was so passionate. This is one small example of how being involved with the Friends has given me a different perspective on my profession.
Friends are a special kind of people. They care about the community and each other. They work together for the community good. I've been very fortunate that all the Friends groups I've worked with have been so wonderful - you just want to do the most you can for them.
What Friends memory brings a smile to your face?
The brightest Friends "moment" would easily be the opening of the new Middletown Thrall Library which was the fruition of a lot of advocacy and blood, sweat and tears. The opening of the library is one of the best things that ever happened in downtown Middletown. The library moved into a greatly expanded space in a formerly abandoned, but beautiful, train station. It was a real win-win situation - for the community, for the library staff, for the history (by saving the building) and for everyone involved. I am really proud that our Friends group, that I helped form, made it happen. It not only makes me smile, it makes me beam!
What outcomes for scholarship recipients do you envision?
My hope is that someone who might not have attended NYLA otherwise will take advantage of the scholarship and not only get inspired about their work with their local Friends, but also be inspired to get involved in FLS and NYLA advocacy activities. I would love it if - in the future - a scholarship recipient ends up being FLS President.
Editor’s note: What follows is an excerpt from an article in the December 2015 issue of Friends News and Notes, “Randall Enos Receives Title of President Emeritus“ by Lisa C. Wemett. Randy’s “title” and the naming of this scholarship in his honor are both well deserved!
Active. Involved. Diligent. Funny. All these words are Randy. We didn't want him to step down from the FLS Board, exiting as the Immediate Past President. The Board, instead, determined to recognize all that experience and named him President Emeritus at their meeting in May 2015.
The unanimously passed motion read as follows:
The FLS Executive Board recognizes Randall Enos for his extensive and distinguished service to the Empire Friends Roundtable and the Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association and hereby bestows upon him the title of "President Emeritus" conveying all rights and privileges of his status.
The approval of this commendation was celebratory! The Board can continue to draw upon Randy's expertise and humor at our future Board meetings. In this new position, Randy can participate on the FLS Board as a permanent ex officio member. He was duly recognized and "installed" as President Emeritus at the FLS annual membership meeting in Lake Placid, receiving a framed certificate with the wording of the motion and a desk set with FLS supplies...to assist in his new role. Randy's unwavering support and commitment to EFR/FLS helped it grow and flourish during all of his administrations. We look forward to working with him for many more years to come!
Read the article in its entirety here.
Just for fun... Randy at the Storm King Arts Center in the "Half Dollar Chair"