Are you employed in a Victorian public library? Do you have an area of interest or an idea to explore that is relevant to the future of the library profession? If so, the Margery C Ramsay/Barrett Reid Scholarship may hold the key to the next stage in your career.
The Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid Scholarships are offered on alternate years to people with an aptitude for leadership and big picture thinking. They offer a career-defining opportunity for emerging leaders to step beyond of their current role and craft themselves a professional development program that explores an innovative and exciting topic.
Each scholarship is valued at up to $20,000.
Applicants must be employed in a Victorian public library, but are not required to be qualified librarians or library technicians. Staff at all band levels are encouraged to apply. Joint applications can be made by two or more applicants from the same or different library services.
There are three stages to the scholarship application process, and the first phase closed at midnight on Friday 30 June 2023.
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2021: Nerida Dye
During her Barrett Reid Scholarship, Nerida Dye is exploring informal social prescribing within Australia to develop a formal model for libraries within Victoria.
Nerida’s work has led her to become an Australian voice as part of a global network of professionals exploring to benefits of social prescribing.
2019: Georgina Earl
As part of the Barrett Reid Scholarship, Georgina’s research identified how to collaborate with specialist support service providers to improve outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.
Georgina has since been engaged to present alongside Sara Zetterval, a leading US based library specialist on the subject, and continues to progress Victorian best practice in working with people experiencing homelessness.
2018: Scott and Steven Mundell
'Augmenting libraries: Preparing public libraries for virtual and augmented reality'
The Margery C Ramsay Scholarship supported Scott and Steven to investigate best practice in virtual and augmented reality technology to evaluate the appropriateness of the technology in public libraries.