Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship
- Post by: Jon Coward
- December 13, 2018
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Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship (applications due by 31 January 2021)—open to Georgia public library staff.
Georgia Public Library Service is offering five (5) $545 scholarships to Georgia public library staff to attend the 5-day Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), being held virtually from Sunday, July 25, 2021 – Friday, July 30, 2021.
Applications will be accepted continuously until Sunday, January 31, 2021. This scholarship is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service and was formerly known as the HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship.
2021 Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to Tina Monaco, winner of a 2021 Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Two — Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies with Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS, in July. Tina is the manager of the Georgia Heritage Room of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System in Augusta, Georgia. Ms. Monaco holds an MA in American History from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She has worked in both academic and public libraries for the last fifteen years.
Congratulations to Sarah Shelton Yawn, winner of a 2021 Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Eight — Understanding Land Records with Angela Packer McGhie, CG®, FUGA in July. Since November 2018, Sarah Shelton Yawn has provided hands on genealogical and local history research assistance to library users as a library assistant at Worth County Library in Sylvester, Georgia. Yawn has previous experience working in archives, special collections, and genealogical libraries. She presented “Genealogical Research 101 for Librarians” for her final project in the MLIS Program prior to receiving her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 2020. Yawn also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Valdosta State University.
Congratulations to Denise Groll, winner of a 2021 Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course One — Methods and Sources with Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGL(SM) in July. Originally from Essex, Vermont, Denise and her husband relocated to Barnesville, Georgia last year in search of warmer climates. Her father was born and raised in Macon, Georgia and Denise grew up spending happy, long summers with her grandparents in Georgia. Denise is currently a public services librarian at the Milner Community Library. She has a BA in history from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves on the board of a historical society and museum in Vermont where she is their digital archivist and chairs their collections committee. In her free time, Denise loves to dig into the past! Whether it be family, local history, or artifacts of interest, she loves it all!
Congratulations to Natorra Madison Moody, winner of a 2021 Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course One — Methods and Sources with Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGL(SM) in July. Born and raised in Alma, Georgia, Natorra is a bonafide country girl. Natorra discovered a love of reading at a young age, instilling in her an early appreciation for the value of stories and storytelling. In school, her favorite subjects were always social studies and history. After graduating from Bacon County High School in 2001, she continued her studies at Georgia Southern University. After college, Natorra returned to her hometown where she started a family. In 2008, she landed her dream job of working at the public library, and gradually worked her way up to Alma/Bacon County Public Library branch manager. While working at the library, Natorra was able to explore and pursue her passion for history and connecting her local community with their lost stories. In her spare time, she enjoys video games and doing her weekly podcast.
Congratulations to Laureen Lee Alford, winner of a 2021 Georgia Public Library Service IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Two — Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies with Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS, in July. Laureen is a Georgia native who holds a BA from Mercer University, a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law and an MLIS from the Florida State University College of Information. She practiced law as a plaintiff’s Employment Law attorney for six years. She managed the Ivy Room genealogy collection for the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville, Georgia for approximately three years. For the next fifteen years she managed the Dougherty County Law Library and created the Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center, which is a pilot project of the National Center for State Courts. She returned to Genealogy in September, 2019 when the Dougherty County Public Library hired her as its genealogy librarian. Laureen’s long-term goal is to become certified with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. In her spare time Laureen enjoys reading, making hand-crafted artisanal soap and restoring her mid-century home to its original 1960 style.
2020 — Laureen Lee Alford, Kimberly Smothers Clayton
2019 — Whitney Gaines, Natorra Madison, Stacey Wright
2018 — Lisa Huskey, Carol Minter-Smith, Madison Mosely