Guidelines: Margery C Ramsay Scholarship

The Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid Scholarships are awarded in alternate years by the Library Board of Victoria to Victorian public library staff to support their leadership development.

The Board’s responsibilities in relation to public libraries are defined in the Libraries Act 1998. They include a responsibility ‘to oversee cooperation in programs with libraries and information organisations to promote access to library and information resources’ and a responsibility ‘to exercise leadership and promote high standards in the provision of library and information services’. Awarding the Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid Scholarships is one way that the Board promotes high standards in the public library sector.


The 2016 Margery C Ramsay Scholarship is valued at up to $15,000. Applicants can apply for any amount up to a maximum of $15,000.


Applicants must:

  • be employed within a Victorian public library service
  • have a proven record of motivation, as well as interest in and commitment to the values of librarianship and public libraries

You do not have to be a qualified librarian or library technician. Applications are welcome from managers and staff at all band levels.

Applications can be made jointly by more than one applicant. Joint applications can be submitted by employees at the same or different library services.

If you've previously applied and been unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply again or resubmit previous applications.

If you've previously received a Ramsay or Reid scholarship, you may reapply after a period of five years (from the date of the award of your previous scholarship).


The scholarships can be used to fund a broad range of activities, including:

  • secondments or internships at a library service or other relevant organisation in Australia or overseas
  • participation in work exchange programs or study tours organised by library associations or other bodies
  • research into issues relevant and important to the future of Victorian public library services, in your own library service or other library service/s within Australia or overseas
  • further education, such as university, TAFE or short courses in librarianship, leadership, management or specialist areas of study
  • attendance at a conference or forum in Australia or overseas

You are welcome to propose other activities that support your leadership development.

The scholarships aim to develop future leaders in the Victorian public library sector. As such, your application must show how your proposed scholarship program will support your own professional development. Your application must also demonstrate how you will share your new knowledge and skills to benefit your own library service and the Victorian public library sector as a whole.

Scholarship funds can be used to cover:

  • study/course fees
  • conference or event fees
  • travel costs (for example, transport, accommodation, meals and travel insurance)
  • publication costs (for example, professional editing and printing)
  • research support costs (for example, consultancy fees, survey data analysis, administrative support)
  • staff replacement costs paid directly to your employer to provide backfill staffing during your scholarship program, which should not constitute more than one third of the total funds requested
  • other costs by prior agreement

Scholarship funds cannot be used to purchase computer equipment or mobile devices, nor to supplement your personal income (for example, to pay your salary, fee for services or personal living costs). Your employer is expected to continue to cover your salary during this professional development program.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted using the Scholarship’s application form. Please include:

  • a detailed description of the scope of the application
  • clear objectives, rationale and performance indicators
  • key outcomes and benefits for the applicant, their employer and the Victorian library sector
  • commitment from or contact with the organisations to be visited or worked with
  • a timeframe for completion of the proposed program, starting no earlier than December 2016
  • a strategy for communicating the outcomes of the Scholarship
  • a detailed budget, including other funding contributions where applicable
  • demonstration of the applicant’s ability to implement the proposed program
  • a two-page summary curriculum vitae that indicates highlights and achievements to date
  • a letter of support from the applicant’s employer. (This should be the library service manager or CEO of the applicant’s council/regional library corporation and should indicate the employer's willingness to allow time to participate in the proposed Scholarship program.)
  • two references using the reference form, mailed directly to the State Library Victoria, Ramsay and Reid scholarship administrator