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.
For those who never met Nora Van Burgh, she was a beloved leader in the Wyoming library community. She began her career in Wyoming libraries as a student assistant in the Natrona County High School Library. She received her Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1978 and was employed at Casper College for more than 30 years. A strong believer in lifelong learning, she served on the Wyoming Library Association’s Continuing Education Committee. Her daughter, Chris Van Burgh, followed Nora into the library profession and now works at the Wyoming State Library as its database instruction librarian.
Nora passed away in 1991. That year, WLA named their existing professional development grant after Nora Van Burgh to honor her memory.
Check the website for the deadline to apply. It’s open to anyone who’s a resident of Wyoming, working in a Wyoming library, and has been a member of the Wyoming Library Association for two years. Non-degreed library employees are particularly encouraged to apply.
Learn more and apply on the WLA website.