Karen Manning – Beard Scholarship winner:
Karen Manning has progressive experience working in libraries in a variety of public service, technical and administration roles. Currently, Karen assist with the development, implementation, managing and maintenance of digital collections for institutional repositories.
Karen wrote: “Being a recipient of the Beard Scholarship is a great honor that will assist with gaining my educational goals. Receiving this generous support, will lighten my financial burden and allow me to focus more on my studies. It has motivated me to succeed and inspired me to help others in their educational endeavors. I am passionate about the library profession and the Beard Scholarship will help toward achieving a lifelong goal of becoming a librarian. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career as a Digital Scholarship Librarian.“
Rebecca Ballard – Hubbard Scholarship winner:
Rebecca Ballard is from Athens, Georgia and is an honor graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Costume Design. She began working part-time in the Athens Regional Library System in 2005 while working at UGA. Rebecca discovered a passion for librarianship and moved full-time to the Children’s Department as quickly as she could, and she enjoys creating new programming that combines literature with music and other creative arts. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University and plans to continue her work in Youth Services, developing innovative new programming, and teaching workshops to encourage lifelong learning.