Released on April 9, 2015
The Saskatchewan Library Association has awarded its 2015 Maureen Woods Education Bursary to Ms. Carrie-Anne Prefontaine, an online educator at the University of Saskatchewan.
The $5,000 bursary is offered annually to a student who is enrolled or accepted in a Master of Library and Information Science program or equivalent, and who will live and work in Saskatchewan for at least one year after graduating.
“I congratulate Ms. Prefontaine on winning this award,” Education Minister Don Morgan said. “Developing strong literacy skills leads to educational achievement, better work opportunities and a higher quality of life for Saskatchewan people. That’s why it’s important that we continue to support our libraries and those who dedicate themselves to this field.”
Prefontaine’s current work and research in e-learning motivated her to pursue a Master’s degree with a focus on digital projects, emerging technologies, user privacy and copyright issues in online environments.
“I am grateful and honoured to receive the Maureen Woods Education Bursary,” Prefontaine said. “I believe that libraries will continue to play diverse and essential roles in Saskatchewan, even as our technologies change, and I am excited about making a contribution to this field. Receiving this bursary makes my goal of becoming an information professional that much more accessible.”
“The Maureen Woods Education Bursary plays an important role in Saskatchewan by helping recruit and retain new librarians,” Maureen Woods Education Bursary Committee Chair Brad Doerksen said. “Our field of candidates this year was particularly strong in both the number of applicants and their overall quality, exemplified by Carrie Prefontaine, who will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to the province in the years to come through her service as a librarian.”
More information on the bursary and on the application process is available on the Saskatchewan Library Association web site at www.saskla.ca or by calling 306-780-9413.
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