New Mexico State University Librarian Cindy Watkins has been selected to serve on the Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award Selection Committee. The Fellowship and Opportunity Award Program evolved out of the Amigos Fellowship Program, which was founded in 1990.
During its twenty year history, the Fellowship Program awarded over $90,000 to foster professional development. The new program, implemented in 2011, expanded the purposes to include funding that will encourage Amigos member libraries to innovate, cooperate, lead, and educate within their library, their communities, and the library profession.
Watkins has had the experience of also being awarded the fellowship in the past. “Karen Stabler and I wrote a proposal to study the operations and processes of InterLibrary Loan. It provided funds for to go on a few site visits and observe how other University InterLibrary Loan offices work,” said Watkins. “The whole AMIGOS Fellowship was a very positive thing and a huge learning opportunity. It is quite exciting to be able to be able to support other research proposals.”
Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award Program recipients are selected by colleagues representing Amigos member libraries. Amigos Award Program Selection Committee members review and evaluate all proposals based on criteria for selection. The Committee is comprised of five members plus one Amigos staff liaison. Each member serves a two-year term. Annually, we seek a Selection Committee that is balanced by geography, type of library, and experience. Amigos Award Program Selection Committee members are selected from a pool of distinguished librarians experienced in fellowship grant application and review.