Carin Alma E. Somers Scholarship

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Carin Alma E. Somers

The Carin Alma E. Somers Scholarship Trust

The Atlantic Provinces Library Association administers the Carin Somers
Scholarship Trust. The trust provides an annual scholarship, valued at
approximately $1,000, in her name to assist a Canadian citizen who is an
Atlantic Provinces resident needing financial assistance to undertake or
complete the academic requirements leading to a degree in Library and
Information Science. Selection of the recipient will be recommended by a
committee of the four Provincial Vice Presidents and the President-Elect to
the Executive Committee. The successful applicant will have been accepted in
a School of Graduate Studies as a candidate for a Master's degree in Library
and Information Studies accredited by the American Library Association. The
award will normally be announced at the Annual Atlantic Provinces Library
Association Spring Conference.  

Carin Alma E. Somers 1934-1990

Carin Alma E. Somers was the Provincial Librarian for Nova Scotia from 1974
to 1987. Her working career as a librarian started in 1958 when she went to
work at what was then the Halifax Memorial Library. She worked there both
before and after going to library school at the University of Toronto. Carin
became Chief Librarian of the Halifax County Regional Library in 1967 and
oversaw the rapid growth of that region. In 1973, she was appointed
Supervisor of Public Libraries (NS Provincial Library) and in 1974,
Provincial Librarian. Carin was always a tireless supporter of public
service, libraries and both CLA and APLA. During her time as Provincial
Librarian, 100% of the population of Nova Scotia became served by public
libraries. She was president of APLA, a second vice president of CLA, a
guest lecturer at the Dalhousie School of Library and Information Services
and a frequent speaker at trustees meetings. In 1988, APLA honoured Carin
with its Merit Award. Carin died in 1990. The terms the trust established by
her family, are a demonstration of her interest in people and in the
profession which she chose. (preceding from the APLA Bulletin, May/June,
1990 and Sept./Oct. 1996)  

Nominations should be submitted by March 31, 2019 to:

VP, President-Elect
Trecia Schell, 

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