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January 24, 2014 

Tessa Terry

Nebraska Library Commission Awards 21st Century Skills Scholarships

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded 21st Century Librarian scholarships to sixteen Nebraska students in undergraduate Library Science programs. Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner commented, "The 21st Century Librarian scholarships contribute to a workforce equipped to provide the kind and quality of library services expected in Nebraska’s communities and schools. The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to support Nebraska students involved in library science education programs. We offer our best wishes to these students in pursuing their educational and career goals."  

Students who wish to apply for scholarships for a Library and Information Services Professional Certificate (offered through Nebraska's community colleges), an Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Services, or for a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media, should submit application materials by March 3, 2014.  

December 2013 Scholarship Recipients  

Dorlissa Beyer, Aurora
Kassandra Bielenberg, Omaha
Kimberly Blackburn, Broken Bow
Gabrielle DeGagne, Omaha
Justine Goeden, West Point
Araceli Hernandez, Kearney
Kelli Keyes, Columbus
Angela Krejci, Louisville
Jared Lechner, Norfolk
Maureen McCombs, Gretna
Rachelle McPhillips, Columbus
Odessa Meyer, South Sioux City
Mary Jo Pittman, Omaha
Dorothy Schultz, Wood River
Samantha Stock, Omaha
Jordan Stough, Bellevue
Tammi Thiem, Genoa
David Watchorn, Ponca
Brianna Weichel, Harbine  

For more information about Nebraska’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, see For a list of current scholarship recipients, see  

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit

As Nebraska’s state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans.  The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services-“bringing together people and information.”

The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,