The Centennial Library is pleased to announce that Jessica Elder is the recipient of the 2018 Centennial Library Scholarship Award in Library Science. The scholarship was made possible by a financial gift from a Cedarville University alumnus who became a librarian. It was established by the Centennial Library faculty to encourage and actively support the next generation of library and information specialists, and especially to encourage those who will fill the future library faculty ranks of Christian universities. A cash award is made directly to the institution in which the recipient is enrolled for graduate study in library and information science. The first award was presented in 2000 and over $15,000 has been given to Cedarville alumni since then. The award was presented for the 18th time during Honor’s Day chapel on April 17.
Jess is a senior English major from Cincinnati, Ohio, with minors in Editing & Publishing and Bible. She took the Centennial Library internship course during fall semester 2017, which allowed her to learn about how an academic library operates. She continued her study of library work this semester with an independent study course, focusing on her areas of primary interest: archives, collection development, research, and the history of libraries. Jess also did a summer internship at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum in Hamilton, Ohio, where she created an inventory system and cataloged part of the collection. Jess will begin her master’s degree in library and information science at Kent State University in the fall and was recently hired by the Centennial Library to be a Digital Services Specialist. Her long term plans include working in an academic library or museum.
The Library Administrative Council, which serves as the selection committee for the award, was impressed by Jess’s articulation of her desire to use her gifts and talents to serve God and to communicate the need for Christ as Savior. Her strong research and writing skills, and her love of learning and of preserving cultural and literary narratives, convinced the selection committee that she has the potential to be very successful as a librarian, archivist or museum curator.