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Anzac Day & La Trobe Reading Room early closure
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Recipients: Ramsay & Reid scholarships

The Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid scholarships are awarded in alternate years. In 2013, the Barrett Reid Scholarship will be awarded.

Margery C Ramsay Scholarship

2012: Liz Pidgeon, Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Liz attended two major international genealogy conferences and visited leading local and family history research facilities in the UK and US.

2010: Catherine Killmier, Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation

Catherine Killmier toured Canadian and US libraries that have implemented community-led service delivery models with the aim of creating a community development framework for community hubs.

2008: Joanne Smith, Hobsons Bay Libraries

Joanne Smith researched the changing face of customer service, including the way the community 'shops' and how this might influence the design and layout of libraries in the future.

2007: Lesley Fell, Monash Public Library Service

Lesley Fell toured Arizona and Massachusetts public library services, which are leading the way in implementing services to meet baby boomers' needs.

2006: Michelle McLean, Casey-Cardinia Library Service

Michelle McLean's study tour of US public library services looked at new ways of servicing virtual users through the latest technologies, equipment, training and professional development.

2005: Shirley Prescott, Yarra–Melbourne Regional Library Corporation

Shirley Prescott visited the UK to research training for public library staff in reader development and best practice in reading services.

2004: Michael Byrne, Monash Public Library Service

Michael Byrne was seconded to the Queens Borough Public Library in New York to investigate its holistic approach to community building.

2003: Patti Manolis, Maribyrnong Library Service

Patti Manolis's study tour of East Timor helped her better understand the needs of the East Timorese in the Maribyrnong community and to establish a network of contacts for sourcing library materials in relevant languages.

2002: Adele Keneally, Glenelg Regional Library

Adele Keneally investigated successful public libraries and learning communities in the UK and Canada.

2001: Natalie Brown, City of Greater Dandenong

Natalie Brown toured Canadian libraries that deliver successful library services to diverse communities.

Barrett Reid Scholarship

2011: Leonee Derr, Melbourne Library Service

Leonee Derr toured public libraries in the US, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Estonia and Croatia to research best practice in library services for young adults aged 16 to 24.

2009: Jennie Bolitho, Bayside Libraries

Jennie Bolitho toured libraries in the UK and undertook the Get into reading training course. She gained accreditation as a trainer and is developing a Victorian model with a pilot program in Melbourne.

2007: Pam Howard, Goldfields Library Corporation

Pam Howard toured library services in the UK that demonstrate collaboration with other community sectors through the delivery of innovative outreach services to rural and town centres.

2006: Anna Boland, Hume Global Learning Village Library Service

Anna Boland's tour of US public libraries highlighted services that involve the whole family in literacy learning and educate parents in their role as their child's most important teacher.

2005: Lorraine Seeger and Bernardine Nolen, Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation

Lorraine Seeger and Bernadine Nolen toured UK public libraries to study programs that address issues of social inclusion and its importance in building strong communities.

2004: Gayle Rowden, Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service

Gayle Rowden's study tour of UK and Canadian public libraries investigated the services provided to the aged and housebound.

2003: Helen Zibell, Mildura Rural City Council Library Service

Helen Zibell examined the operations and management of library consortia in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

2002: Anne Armstrong, Monash Public Library

Anne Armstrong evaluated Australian public library reference and information services.

2001: Bruce Myers, Swan Hill Library Service

Bruce Myers toured the UK and examined unconventional but realistic models for future country public libraries.