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St. Kate's grad student awarded 2010 Grieg Aspnes Scholarship

The 2010 winner of the Grieg Aspnes Scholarship from the Minnesota Special Library Association (SLA) Chapter is Carol Lynn O'Gara '11, a student in the Master of Library and Information Science program.

She plans to graduate in May 2011 and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas as well as a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

She also has served as one of the SLA Student Group co-presidents and will continue that role in the upcoming year.

She recently began a new position as librarian/research assistant at Crane Engineering and also continues to volunteer at the Minnesota State Service for the Blind.

About the scholarship

The Grieg Aspnes Memorial Scholarship is a $2,000 award for a St. Catherine University MLIS student interested in special librarianship.  This scholarship is funded by the Minnesota Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, Grieg Aspnes memorial funds and through a generous annual donation from Cargill, where Aspnes was employed.  

It was created in honor of Grieg Aspnes, a past president of the Minnesota Chapter and of the Special Libraries Association and an active leader in the SLA Information Technology and Advertising Divisions and Education Committee.

He was also an advocate of the information profession and was a guest lecturer at the St. Catherine University and the University of Minnesota.  

The scholarship requirements are an interest in special librarianship (as shown by course selection or work experience), leadership ability (demonstrated in either academic or extracurricular activities), and overall high academic achievement.

Previous winners

2005  Bethany Emerson
2006  Don Lorr
2007  Margaret Ostrander
2008  Erin Perry
2009  Liz Mead Cavert Scheibel

The Minnesota SLA Chapter runs the Grieg Aspnes Scholarship competition each spring. Visit the Minnesota chapter website for more information about the scholarship and watch for next year's scholarship announcement in the spring.

Aug. 30, 2010 by Julie Michener

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