2013 Barrett Reid Scholarship recipient Susie Prestney (second from left) with Dennis Goldner of the Library Board of Victoria, State Library CEO Sue Roberts and John Murrell, President of Public Libraries Victoria Network
If you're employed in a Victorian public library, you can apply for a scholarship valued at up to $30,000 to support your professional development.
The scholarships can be used for a broad range of development opportunities including:
- further education such as short courses in librarianship, management or leadership
- attendance at a conference or forum
- a secondment or internship
- visiting or studying library services in Australia or overseas
- investigating issues relevant and important to the future of Victorian public library services
The Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid scholarships are awarded in alternating years. In 2014, the Margery C Ramsay Scholarship will be awarded.
About Margery C Ramsay
Margery C Ramsay was the first qualified librarian appointed to a public library service in country Victoria. She was appointed to the Ballarat library in 1946 and in 1950, under her guidance, the library became part of the Central Highlands Regional Library Service. This was one of the first regional library services in Victoria.
Margery moved to Tasmania in 1954, later working as librarian in charge of municipal library services. In 1968 she returned to Victoria as principal of the Library Training School. She was the State Library's deputy-principal librarian in 1969 and principal librarian from 1974 to 1981.
Margery died in 1998.
About Barrett Reid AM
From 1967 to 1982, Barrett Reid AM was executive officer of the State Library's Public Libraries division. He was a strong advocate of public library services and by the time he retired, 98 per cent of Victoria's 211 local councils provided public library services.
Barrett's influence was also seen in the Victorian government's policy of joint-use libraries between local government and schools. Technilib, the cataloguing services agency, was another of his achievements.
Barrett was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1983. He died in 1995.