CORBIN -- A Corbin Public Library professional was recently one of 10 individuals who received a scholarship to help her obtain certification to better serve the needs of the community.
Sasha Ledger, of Rockholds, has been with the Corbin Public Library since 2013 and currently serves as the library's circulation manager. Corbin Public Library Director Donna Chadwell said Ledger does the majority of cataloging the library's books as well as overseeing the desk staff, and her recent scholarship award will go toward the benefit of the community.
Chadwell said Ledger was initially hired on as part-time and didn't need the certification but when she went to full-time they started the process of working towards it.
This class will complete her permanent certification.
In partnership with the Kentucky State Board of Certifications of Librarians, the Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet awarded the Library Science Tuition Scholarship to 10 public library professionals for the fall 2019 semester.
Chadwell applied for and received one of the scholarships last year for her certification.
"The staff at KDLA in Frankfort are so supportive of us and when these scholarships become available, they let us know," said Chadwell.
Kentucky law requires public libraries to be staffed by personnel certified by the Kentucky State Board for the Certification of Librarians. In an effort to ensure that public libraries are able to meet these requirements, KDLA offers the Library Science Tuition Scholarship to help public library staff meet certification standards by completing college library science courses.
Chadwell said Ledger is a valuable part in the function of the Corbin Public Library.
"By having this scholarship and being able to complete this last class she will not only complete certification with KDLA but have an academic certificate in library information technology," said Chadwell.
The Library Science Tuition Scholarship awards $500 per semester for students enrolled in a four-year program and $250 per semester for students enrolled in a two-year college. Scholarship funds are awarded for the spring and fall semesters and may be utilized for undergraduate or graduate courses.
KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained and made accessible.