Press Release from West Virginia Library Commission
CHARLESTON. Two library directors in the state have been awarded scholarships by the West Virginia Library Commission to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference to be held this September in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mary Stegner, Director of the Southern Area Library in Lost Creek and Rosanne Eastham, Director of the Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne were selected from applicants across the state. In return for their scholarships, Stegner and Eastham agreed to share their learning experience with other librarians in the state.
The Association for Rural and Small Libraries was founded several years ago to provide networking and education opportunities for librarians from small public libraries and librarians from rural, isolated areas. Tyler County and the Southern Area libraries are among the smallest and somewhat isolated, with Southern Area being the smallest public library in West Virginia in terms of service population.
Using federal funds from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, WVLC developed these two scholarships to the ARSL conference just this year to improve library services in rural parts of the state. Applicant libraries had to serve a population of 20,000 persons or less.
For more information, contact John Paul Myrick, Director of Library Development at WVLC, 304-558-3978 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.