The Scholarship aims to support and encourage individuals to attain higher education for the library profession. It provides financial support to an individual for graduate study in a recognised school of library science, leading to an MLS, M.Sc. (Information Studies) or equivalent, who has the potential to have an exceptional career as a librarian.
S$5,000 to partially cover tuition in a school of library and information science or the equivalent.
Selection Criteria and Terms
- Accepted degree candidate, in a graduate school of library and information science, working towards an MLS or its equivalent.
- Applicants with, at least, one quarter/semester remaining AFTER scholarship is awarded.
- The quality of personal statement (500-1000 words) discussing your interest in librarianship, reasons for applying for the scholarship, career goals and any other pertinent information you would like the LAS Awards Panel to know about you.
- The strength of recommendations describing the personal character, and the likelihood of academic and professional success in the library field.
- The applicant is a Member of LAS at the time of application.
- The successful recipient shall agree to volunteer in the LAS within the period of a year from the date of receipt of the award.
The documents that must be submitted include:
- Application form
- Letter from the Admissions Officer of the library school, starting the program for which you have been accepted and the date the courses begin or if you have already matriculated into library school, a transcript showing that you are a degree candidate in good standing
- Transcript from the institution which granted your most recent degree prior to library school (official or student copy)
- At least one letter of recommendation, preferably, from an instructor who has knowledge of your academic ability and who can comment upon your library employment experience, if any, or interest in librarianship or potential for career success
- Personal Statement (500-1000 words) Please complete and submit the following application form along with the required supporting documents.
Who is not eligible
- Previous LAS scholarship recipients
- LAS Council Members and their relatives
- LAS Awards Panel Members and their relatives
- Recipient of sponsorship/scholarship from any organisation for current studies
The Award recipient will be contacted and the funds will be made available soon thereafter. Early submission of the application packet is encouraged to ensure that all parts of the application are included. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
The LAS Awards Panel shall evaluate applications. The selection panel’s decision will be final.
Wang Jiawen Carmen Onggo [Citation]
Carmen Wang joined National Library Board (NLB) in 2016 as an Associate Librarian and is with the Children and Teens department promoting the love and joy of reading to 7-17 year olds in schools and the public libraries in Singapore. She is now completing her MSc in Information Studies at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in NTU.
Being very customer centric, Carmen is able to actively engage children in schools through her storytelling and book buzz sessions. She was once invited by a school to be a special guest to their school library opening in view of her contributions to improve the school’s reading culture.
Carmen is also an integral part of the project team that conceptualised NLB’s loveable mascots, a quartet of monsters, to promote reading to children. These monsters also promote awareness of the different genres in children’s literature and library etiquette to NLB’s young patrons. Carmen has curated and designed the content and book recommendations for children in an attempt to encourage them to read more and to read widely. She also conceptualised the idea of the Monster Scavenger Hunt game for children for the National Reading Day. These initiatives have greatly motivated children to read and have also helped to promote the libraries as a fun place for the children.
The “Information Sessions for Schools” is an annual event that showcases the suite of NLB’s services to schools. As the Project Manager for the 2017 event, Carmen brought in new sharing segments from the Reading Excellence Award winners and the Junior and Teen Reading Ambassadors which led to an increase in the number of participants. Teachers were highly appreciative of the event and her contributions.
Carmen is also actively involved in the training of the Junior Reading Ambassadors from primary schools. These children are trained in creating book displays, conducting book talks and putting up performances in their school and public libraries. These ambassadors also promote reading to their peers in schools. By mentoring these ambassadors, Carmen has helped them spark an interest in reading and have also helped them become confident public speakers.
Besides reaching out to patrons through the libraries, she also extended the department’s reach through the online portal, discoveReads, the NLB blog targeted at parents, children and teachers. Carmen came up with novel ideas to make reading more attractive and relevant to the tech savvy youth. She has curated reading recommendations in the form of blog articles and created digital banners for the site, and sourced and put up pertinent videos. These have resulted in an increase in the visitorship to the blog and has also increased participation at the various events at public libraries.
Carmen has also been instrumental in many of the key projects and initiatives and has been able to engage the young children, teachers and other key stakeholders.
In recognition of her accomplishments and in view of her potential for making further contributions to librarianship in the years ahead, LAS is delighted to award Carmen Wang with the LAS Library School Scholarship.
Noverinda Bella Ratmelia [Citation]
Noverinda Bella Ratmelia joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Libraries as a full time para-professional while studying part-time for her bachelor degree in Information Technology from the University of Wollongong, Australia. After receiving her degree in 2015, she was offered the position of Assistant Librarian at NTU Libraries. She is now completing her MSc in Information Studies at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in NTU.
Bella started her career at NTU Libraries as a key member for the campus wide blog service on WordPress which houses some 300 blog projects in 4 key areas – Academic & Research, Administrative, Course & Teaching, and Library blogs. She played a major role in the administration of the WordPress platform, research project consultation, training of undergraduates, project officers and faculty, and designing training materials and guides. In her work, Bella made significant contributions to many projects that serve the diverse needs of the university community. In her new role on the Advisory and Consultation Team since December 2017, Bella continues to exemplify a spirit of initiative, drive, and collaboration and strives to learn and acquire new skills on her own accord.
Bella was also involved in conducting a workshop for IFLA delegates in 2013 and organising the WordCamp Conference in 2016 and 2017. In addition, she volunteered in the 2016 LAS Annual Conference “Libraries for the Future” as a member of the IT Committee. She continues to volunteer on the LAS Website/IT Committee.
Both inside and outside of the NTU Libraries, Bella has demonstrated her passion for the information profession and a desire and capacity to acquire new skills. In her MSc in Information Studies, Bella’s supervisor highlighted her motivation, aptitude, analytical and communication skills in her course work and success in interacting with team members in the programme.
In recognition of her accomplishments to date and her potential for making significant contributions to librarianship in the years ahead, it is a privilege to award Noverinda Bella Ratmelia with the 2017 LAS Library School Scholarship.
Eunice Anthonyraj [Citation]
Eunice Anthonyraj has made significant contributions to bilingual literacy programs for the young in Singapore as an Associate Librarian with the Public Libraries (Singapore).
Since joining the Public Libraries in 2013, Eunice has been instrumental in rolling out new Early Literacy initiatives, specifically in the Tamil Language. She kick-started the Book Ninjas’ Club, which is a bilingual reading intervention programme aimed at cultivating a love of reading in the mother tongue language among pre-schoolers, in the libraries. She has nurtured strong and strategic partnerships with organisations, such as the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) and People’s Association (PA), to add variety to the suite of Tamil language programmes that cater to public library customers.
Eunice demonstrates a strong commitment to promote reading among the young as can be seen from her diverse portfolio. In addition to conceptualising and executing programmes, she is a Selector of Tamil books for children at all the Public Libraries. She goes the extra mile to capitalise on her knowledge of Tamil children’s literature by curating content for library publications such as Timeless Tales, Early Literacy Toolkit and Little Explorer Lost At Sea and by building awareness of the collection among a wider audience.
Committed to promoting a love of reading in children and at the same time cognizant of the need to slowly help them become familiar with new technology, Eunice introduced eDevices for children and their families at some of the Public Libraries. Eunice’s efforts were successful in helping to encourage reading and learning through eContent and enhancing digital interaction through eDevices among her intended audience.
For her accomplishments, thus far, and with high expectations for even greater achievements in the years to come, LAS is delighted to award Eunice Anthonyraj with the 2017 LAS Library School Scholarship.
Valerio Sheryl Hanalee Pascual [Citation]
Sheryl Valerio has had a short, but inspiring career in the library field. In August 2013, following a twenty-year career as an English teacher, initially in the Philippines, then in China, and finally in Singapore from 2007-2013 at the Hillside World Academy (previously known as Chinese International School), Sheryl Valerio experienced a life and career changing moment.
The Principal at the new Hillside asked Sheryl to switch from being a teacher to running the library. She found a library with empty shelves, heaps of books and no systems. She realised that she had to rebuild the library from scratch, but had no knowledge about how to start or manage a library.
Sheryl embraced the challenge and found a mentor who guided her for months, took free online library science courses, visited and observed how libraries operated, joined the Library Association of Singapore (LAS) and attended LAS training where she was encouraged to apply to the MSc Information Studies programme at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She also attended the LAS Virtual Reality Workshop as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) workshops.
In August 2015, Sheryl matriculated as a part-time student at NTU and immediately put what she learned at library school into practice by providing research skills development for students, including using the Internet for research and information discovery, designing spaces, collaborating with teachers across the school, prioritizing the acquisition of resources, and transforming the library into an effective space for teaching and learning.
Additionally, Sheryl established ties with NLB through the DEAR and DIY program and encouraged students to volunteer in public libraries in the CrossBooks, to shelve books, the Library Ambassadorship program, to help out at special events, and even in digitising and indexing tributes to PM Lee Kwan Yew. She also oversaw the onerous process of transferring the library resources to a new campus. In a very short period of time, Sheryl’s efforts made her library one of the most popular places to visit on the school campus.
In recognition of her initiative and impressive accomplishments to date and her potential for making significant contributions to librarianship in the years ahead, it is a privilege to honour Sheryl Halalee P. Valerio with the 2015 LAS Library School Scholarship.
Dong Danping [Citation]
Dong Danping is the 2014 LAS Library School Scholarship Award recipient in recognition of her superior academic achievement in the Master of Science (Information Studies) programme at the Nanyang Technological University.
Danping completed her Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) with Honours from the National University of Singapore in June 2013 and started the NTU Master programme. She was awarded the Certificate of Excellence as one of the top 10% of her cohort in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2013/2014 and received strong recommendations from her professors.
Since joining the Singapore University of Technology and Design Library (SUTD) in August 2013, Danping has made significant contributions. She developed and customised Library Resource Guides, provides a research alert service and conducts training sessions for the SUTD community. She was also appointed a Pillar Librarian, supporting one of the four main Pillars at SUTD, and served on the Tender Evaluation Committee for the new library management system.
Wong Kae Perng, Jacky [Citation]
Jacky Wong is awarded the 2013 LAS Scholarship Award in recognition of his superior academic achievement in the Master of Science (Information Studies) programme at the Nanyang Technological University.
After obtaining a BA in Computer Science, an MBA from the University of Melbourne, and a Professional Diploma with Distinction from the National University of Singapore’s Institute of System Science, Jacky enrolled in the Master of Science (Information Studies) program at the Nanyang Technological University in 2012. He was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in recognition of being among the top 10% of his cohort in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2012/2013 with strong recommendations from his professors.
In addition to academic success, Jacky has built an impressive library career with increasing responsibilities as a Systems Librarian at Temasek Polytechnic Library, Singapore Management University Library, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Library and currently, at the National Institute of Education Library. Throughout his library career which began in 2002, he has implemented numerous software programs leading to innovative library services, increased productivity and significantly enhanced user experiences.
Chew Shu Wen [Citation]
Cheng Eng Aun [Citation]
Thanh Giang Vu, Samantha [Citation]
Herman Felani Bin Md Yunos [Citation]
He received the inaugural Scholarship from Professor Tommy Koh on Friday, 16 October during the LAS Annual Dinner. The scholarship is in support of Herman’s pursuit to attain a Master of Science in Information Studies degree from Nanyang Technological University.