FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin
BCALA ANNOUNCES E.J. JOSEY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Two $2000 Awards Presented
SEATTLE, JANUARY 26, 2019 –Anicka Austin, an MLIS student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Jabez Patterson, an MLIS student at Dominican University, were recently selected to receive BCALA’s E.J. Josey Scholarship. Since 1994, the program has provided $2000 scholarships to African American library science students who are accepted to or attend ALA-accredited programs leading to a degree in library and information science. This year’s winners were announced at the BCALA Membership meeting that took place at the 2019 ALA Mid-Winter Meeting.
Austin and Jabez wrote essays responding to the question, “What is the library’s role in the current political climate as it relates to issues around social justice and the community?” Austin shared her belief “that artistic processes and libraries can be beacons of light in our current social and political climate…” while Patterson reflected that “we have the foundation of core values in place. Now, it’s our responsibility as libraries to follow our values and demand more diversity in our community.” Their full essays will appear in an upcoming issue of BCALA News, the official newsletter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Individuals desiring to donate to the E.J. Josey Scholarship Fund are encouraged to do so online at http://paypal.me/bcala. For more information about the E.J. Josey Scholarship, including a list of past winners, visit: https://www.bcala.org/2149-2/
About The Black Caucus of the American Library Association
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.