Every year, the Wyoming Library Association makes the Nora Van Burgh Professional Development Grant available to Wyoming library employees. The grant gives a helping hand to Wyoming library employees who want to become more effective through additional training and education, but are in need of funding to make that happen.
At the WLA conference earlier this month, four exceptional Wyoming library workers were each awarded $250 to further their educational goals:
- Melissa Haderlie with the Star Valley Branch Library will use her award to help fund courses toward her Master of Library Science degree,
- Angela Rader from Campbell County Public Library will also use her award to help fund her MLS,
- Judi Boyce from Sublette County Library will use her grant for courses toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science, and
- Melissa Snider, with the Munger Mountain Elementary School will use her funds to attend the American Association of School Librarians conference.
Nora Van Burgh was a beloved leader in the Wyoming library community who began her career as a student assistant in the Natrona County High School library and went on to earn her MLS and work at Casper College for more than 30 years. After she passed away in 1991, WLA named their existing professional development grant after Nora Van Burgh to honor her memory.