Robert F. Asleson Memorial 2013 ALA Conference Grant Winner is Announced

University of North Carolina Student Attends Winter Meeting

Cape Coral, FL, February 1, 2013 — The board of directors of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has announced this year’s award recipient. Nicole Lehotsky, a student at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, has received a $1,500.00 grant to help defray the cost of attending ALA’s 2013 Winter Meeting in Seattle, Washington in January.

The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant was established by friends and colleagues within the information industry to honor the memory of Bob Asleson, late founder and president of The Redalen Group, for his many contributions to the library community. An advisor and guide to countless members of the profession, Bob’s 50-year career spanned both traditional and innovative technologies, from reference materials to CD-ROMs to online databases. He held presidential positions at several leading industry companies and served on numerous organization boards. The grant’s awards subsidize attendance at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference for deserving Master of Library Science degree candidates. Winners are selected based on economic need and the quality of an essay based on criteria set by the board.

Scheduled to graduate in May, 2013, Nicole Lehotsky is pursuing an MLS degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Balancing opportunities for growth with the reality of her pocketbook, during the last year and a half she has supported her full-time studies through a combination of student loans and part-time positions in s variety of libraries including public, special and currently health sciences.

Responding to the news that she was to receive this year’s award Nicole said: “I would like to thank the committee at the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant for selecting me to receive this award. I am very much looking forward to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. I believe this to be an extremely valuable opportunity for my professional development and growth, especially as I near my graduation date and begin to attend events that speak to my development and growth as a professional rather than as just a student.”

In awarding the grant Iris Hanney, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “I know that Bob Asleson would have enthusiastically supported Nicole’s well thought out presentation defending the university library as a value asset for its clientele in view of today’s economic climate. I am proud to present this award to Nicole in Bob’s memory and to wish her the best in her new career in library science.”

The board of directors continues to seek both corporate and individual donations in support of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant. It believes that exposure to the programs, seminars, contacts and other conference benefits will foster an on-going love of and dedication to the cause of librarianship in students who otherwise would be unable to attend, reflecting the values exhibited by Bob Asleson throughout his life and long professional career.

Complete details of the grant, including information on donation participation, are available on the website at Several levels of support are available, and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Iris L. Hanney, Chairman of the Board
Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant
1930 SW 48th Lane
Cape Coral, FL 33914
239 549-3168 Fax

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