ELUNA Members recognized with two Sherrie Kristin Memorial Scholarships

As part of the celebration of coming together for our first in-person ELUNA in three years, ELUNA will recognize two first-time attendees from traditionally underrepresented ELUNA member institutions with the Sherrie Kristin Memorial Scholarship, one for 2023 and one held over from the 2020 meeting that was canceled. The award provides recipients with complimentary registration and accommodation to the annual conference. This is always a competitive award, with many nominations submitted each year.

The ELUNA Steering Committee honors the memory and the many contributions of the late Sherrie Kristin with an annual ELUNA conference scholarship in her name. Sherrie contributed decades of service to the EndUser and ELUNA user groups, serving as a Regional User Group leader, a Product Working Group Chair and a Steering Committee member. Of particular note was her dedicated work to ensure the success of ELUNA events.  Sherrie contributed untold hours and energy toward planning and organizational tasks because she believed the knowledge gained and peer networks built through the EndUser and ELUNA communities directly contributed to both individual and institutional success.

  • The 2020 winner is Rebecca Hyams, Web and Systems Librarian, Borough of Manhattan Community College. Rebecca was the systems librarian lead for the College’s migration to Alma and Primo in 2020. Rebecca remarked, “By being chosen to receive this year’s Sherrie Kristin Memorial Scholarship, I know I can build upon my existing training by not only seeing what others are doing but have the ability to discuss potential projects with my peers from other institutions, which is something that I know can be done way more easily at a place like ELUNA than anywhere else. 
  • The 2023 winner is Amy Graham. Monographs Acquisitions Librarian, Bryn Mawr College. Amy has worked with Alma and Primo since Fall 2018 when Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Haverford Colleges migrated to the platform. “I’m also very much of a ‘what happens if we try this?’ type of person. Attending the ELUNA annual meeting would [provide] a greater understanding of Alma’s functions and offer ways that my work in Alma could be improved. Learning from and networking with other Alma users working in the same areas would be extremely beneficial. In particular, I’m interested in seeing how libraries are using Rialto and the impact it has had on their acquisition process. I hope to meet others working in single-instance consortia to compare notes and learn about their best practices.”

Rebecca and Amy will be presented with certificates during the opening ceremonies Wednesday morning at ELUNA 2023, May 8-12, 2023, Los Angeles, CA. It’s not too late to join us!