MLS Student Samantha Thomason Wins ALA’s Lyman Scholarship

MLS Student Samantha Thomason Wins ALA’s Lyman Scholarship

Master of Library Science (MLS) student Samantha Jane Thomason of Fredericksburg, Virginia is the recipient of the 2012 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media from the American Library Association (ALA). This award, given in memory of University of California professor Peter Lyman and sponsored by SAGE Publishing, recognizes an outstanding student planning to specialize in the field of new media. The $2500 award was presented at the ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim in June.

Thomason has served as web developer for the Central Rapphannock Regional Library system since May 1999. In this capacity, she helps manage the online presence of a library system comprising eight branches, serving a population of more than 250,000. She is a student in the iSchool’s online MLS program, and intends to graduate in August 2013.

Thomason hopes to apply her library science education towards developing improved web-based services throughout the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system. “I refuse to buy into the gloom-and-doom predictions about the fate of public libraries,” she says. “I believe we are innovating, adapting and thriving…I am excited by cutting-edge projects I see in place at top libraries across the country, and I strive to bring the same kind of innovation to my system.”