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SAGE and ALA Announce Peter Lyman Memorial Scholarship Winner

Los Angeles, CA (January 31, 2012) SAGE and the American Library Association recently announced that Samantha Jane Thomason, from the University of Maryland, is the recipient of the 2012 Peter Lyman Memorial Scholarship in New Media and a travel grant to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Thomason is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Library Science degree and specializing in new media.

Thomason won the award based on her ability to demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to a career in librarianship. In addition to her graduate work at the University of Maryland, Samantha has served web developer for the Central Rapphannock Regional Library System for more than 13 years. In this capacity, she helps to manage online library systems of eight different branches.

“During my twelve years working as a public library web developer, I knew I had developed a passion for the mission of public libraries, but I also knew that moving from a “job” to a “career” would mean getting my Masters in Library Science. After a long hiatus from academia, the idea of returning to school was more than a little daunting, but the experience has been more rewarding than I could have ever expected,” Thomason stated. “Receiving the SAGE Scholarship has not only provided much needed financial assistance, but serves a strong vote of confidence in my choice to pursue this career path and in my personal capabilities.”

The scholarship was created by SAGE in honor of the late Peter Lyman, former university librarian and professor emeritus from the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Lyman’s research focused on online information, ethnographic analyses of online social relationships and communities, and bringing university librarians into the digital era. His landmark 2004 study, “How Much Information?”, co-authored with Hal Calerian, was an attempt to estimate the staggering amount of digital information produced in one year.

“Peter Lyman left a legacy of groundbreaking research that was that was ahead of its time yet rooted in quality research. His work has had an important impact on the information sciences and will continue to influence them for years to come” stated SAGE President and CEO Blaise Simqu. “We are happy to support a scholarship that both honors his memory and supports up-and-coming library scholars in their own research endeavors. We want to congratulate Samantha Thomason for her hard work and for this well-deserved recognition.”

Thomason continued, “Being notified of my selection was a very proud moment for me, and served to further motivate me as I pursue the completion of my degree, and as I look beyond graduation and set goals as a new professional.”


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