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Louise A. Nixon Scholarship Accepting Applications

Wednesday, February 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Louise A. Nixon (1897-1989) worked constantly to enlighten the legislature about Nebraska's libraries' needs. She served as Assistant Director of the Nebraska Legislative Reference Bureau and as Legislative Council Librarian. Louise Nixon was head of the Nebraska Library Commission from 1950 to 1969. When federal funds were made available, she initiated bookmobile demonstration projects; public library construction; extension services; services to institutional residents and the physically challenged; and an inter-library communication network. 

Our lives have been enriched by her open-minded, conscientious dedication to building library service in this state. When Nixon reflected on her life for the Lincoln Journal, the paper wrote, "There is no single figure of greater 20th century significance in developing Nebraska's contemporary system of community libraries -- facilities, collections, trained personnel, cooperative networking." This scholarship was established to help each recipient reach for Nixon's goals of dedication and vision. 

The application deadline is April 16, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.


1. Applicant must be accepted by an ALA-accredited graduate school of library/information science; OR applicant must be accepted by a graduate media program that meets the ALA/AASL curriculum guidelines within a unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

2. Applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

                        a. Resident of Nebraska for at least one year,

                        b. Member of NLA or NSLA for at least one year, or

                        c. Current Employee of a Nebraska library for at least one year.              

3. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the most potential for employment in Nebraska libraries after graduation.

4. Previous recipients of the Louise A. Nixon Scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

Applicants are required to complete the Nebraska Library Association Application Form at


Contact Joe Pittman with any questions.

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