May 1, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Rachel Miller, a senior Hispanic studies and Greek and Roman studies double major from Fox River Grove, Ill., is the first annual recipient of The Ames Library Artistic and Scholarly Research Strategies Award.
The $500 award, funded through donations to The Ames Library, recognizes students for their outstanding strategies of acquiring information in creating scholarly, artistic or creative projects. To be considered for the award, students must submit an application along with a 500-700 word essay, a digital copy of the project, a letter of support from the faculty member or instructor who assigned the project and signed consent to have the project electronically archived in the Digital Commons. Eligible projects are those completed within the current academic year, regardless of when preparation began.
Miller completed her research, titled "Las bibliotecas pœblicas y la comunidad Latina (Public libraries and the Latino community)," for "Spanish for Social Justice," a class taught by Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau. Miller's research analyzes the library resource needs of the growing Hispanic population in our community.
In her winning essay, Miller chronicles her research journey that took her from library databases and research discussions with The Ames Library librarians to interviews with librarians in both the Bloomington and Normal public libraries.
Following graduation, Miller hopes to teach English in a foreign country for a year and is considering eventually pursuing a master's degree in library and information science.
Contact: Jessica Block '09, (309) 556-3181