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New Mexico State University

University Library News Release

Date: February 14, 2007


CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (505) 646-7492,

Van Dusen Receives ACRL Scholarship

New Mexico State University Library employee Melissa Van Dusen has been awarded a scholarship to attend the national conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide opportunities for librarians with five or fewer years of post-master's degree experience to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience. The scholarship includes a stipend of $250 and complimentary conference registration.

Van Dusen has been a temporary librarian in the Library's Reference and Research Services Department since August 2006. She received her master's degree in library science from the University of North Texas in August 2006.

ACRL is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching and research.

"Sailing into the Future - Charting our Destiny," the thirteenth national ACRL conference, will be held in Baltimore from March 29 to April 1, 2007. More than two hundred and fifty peer-reviewed programs will address issues such as advocacy, assessment, collections, digital initiatives, information literacy and scholarly communication.

For more information, please contact Van Dusen at (505) 646-6087.