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Bursaries

In our effort to ensure that finances are not an inhibitor to learning and leading, we are honoured to have financial support for students through  three types of bursaries available:

1. The Maggie Weaver Joy of Information Bursary for those in any area of information work

2. EBSCO's Bursary for those in Canada's libraries (public, college or university)

3. BC's Public Library InterLINK Bursary for rural or remote public libraries in British Columbia

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Financial Support

1,  Maggie Weaver Joy of Information Bursary

        In Memory of Maggie Weaver, a leader from any place, who brought joy to information work.

 

The Joy of Information Bursary, established in loving memory of the indomitable Maggie Weaver by her husband, Keith Weaver, is given to a LLEAD student who exemplifies Maggie’s qualities and values. Tenacious, curious, intelligent, energetic, creative, and quick to beam a warm smile, Maggie led from any place and was an outstanding contributor to the information sector and all those fortunate to come into her orbit. 

 

Maggie’s joyous interest in the information world was insatiable and contagious. She recognized that that world, of which libraries are just one part, is a huge repository from which workable, real-world answers could be – and should be extracted for real-world problems. She excelled at mining that information repository and training and guiding people to surface and extract their own information nuggets. Her unfailing eagerness to help people and to move initiatives forward that would assist others resulted in her establishment of several innovative information businesses and libraries. A standard bearer for library technicians and those new to the information sector, Maggie delighted in mentoring, networking, and any opportunity to shore up someone’s confidence and capabilities.  

 

This bursary intends to help an individual who shares Maggie’s joyous interest in information to learn the skills, tools, and approaches to succeed in leading from any place in the information sector; finances should not be a deterrent to that success. 

 

To be eligible, applicants will demonstrate the following:

1. That they have contributed:

-  As a volunteer to the sector or to their community or a charitable cause;

- As an employee or student, to champion an initiative  and to show an interest in helping others or in     encouraging the confidence and capabilities of others through mentoring, networking, and personal outreach.

 

2. That they intend to work in and contribute to the information sector for at least two years after completing the    LLEAD program.

Preference will be given to an applicant who:

  • Is a member of an equity-deserving group;

  • Demonstrates financial need;

  • Has graduated from a post-secondary institution with a diploma, apprenticeship, or certification. Please note that applicants do not require a university degree.

 

How to apply: 

  1. With your LLEAD application include details of your involvement in the information sector or in contributing to a cause or community for which you are passionate.

  2. Two reference letters to support your application and attest to your contributions and commitment to helping others:

    1. One from someone you work with or report to, and

    2. One from someone in an association or community/charitable group with which you are involved.

  3. A personal statement of why you are applying for this bursary and what it will mean to receive it. You may consider how completing the LLEAD program and your future work in the information sector will contribute to the information sector and to helping others solve “real-world problems.” 

 

Value: Up to $7500CDN or $5600USD

 

 

From Keith Weaver: 

During the 52 years I knew Maggie, 49 of them as her husband, I was privileged to have a

front-row seat to her performance in the information business. The information world

was Maggie’s stage. She had many entrances and played many parts:

  • an incredibly adept information searcher – an innovative miner;

  • a one-person librarian;

  • the lead in introducing chargebacks for library services in a major corporation;

  • the designer, developer, and director of a library for a UN agency;

  • the fearless warrior establishing fee-for-service operations in the largest public library in North America;

  • a trainer helping library staff across Canada learn to make the most of virtual, proprietary databases

  • the mainspring behind a government programme that integrated all these roles to support small businesses become established and successful.

As much as what Maggie accomplished, it was who she was and how she did it that made her a difference-maker.

Full of enthusiasm, she was an inexhaustible wellspring of ideas with immense personal charm that won over almost anybody. Maggie excelled at filling others with confidence and inspiring them to do things they would have never thought possible. She was a natural teacher, wonderful company who loved a good laugh, an easy confidante and a true diplomat who knew when and how to be blunt and forthright when necessary. Maggie was a true leader, and it was a mantle she wore lightly. She led from any position: from the podium, the trenches, the corner office, or the sidewalk café.

A great internal torch of joy powered Maggie’s life, and that joy and exuberance shone from everything she did. The LLEAD “Joy of Information” bursary is particularly well named. I hope this bursary provides a means to carry forward Maggie’s love of life, people, and information work.

                                                                                                                             

 

2.  EBSCO's Bursary: Canada's College, University and Public Libraries

EBSCO, an industry leader that has long invested in the library business, is investing in library leadership development. LLEAD is delighted and honoured that EBSCO is supporting LLEAD. EBSCO's support allows LLEAD to offer bursaries for staff employed in Canada's college, public and university libraries. who would not otherwise have the financial means to participate in LLEAD.

Value: Up to $1200CDN

How to apply:​

Please include a Bursary Application Letter (one page) in your LLEAD application package.

Your one-page letter should tell us:

  • your name, 

  • that you are applying for the EBSCO bursary for which you are applying,

  • a bit about you, and how the bursary will contribute to your personal and professional growth, and to your contribution to the sector, and finally

  • how you will acknowledge the investment EBSCO is making in your learning journey, and possibly show the bursary donor your appreciation or their 'return on investment'

3.  BC's Public Library InterLINK Bursary

The 6 library federations serving British Columbia are pleased to offer a bursary to facilitate the participation of a staff member from a small, rural BC public library in LLEAD.  This bursary is intended to address barriers that exist, whether they be related to funding, staffing, or technology, at small public libraries across the province.  The bursary may be used to offset program fees, replacement staff (including secondments), travel or other approved costs. Libraries in communities with a population of less than 40,000 may apply for the Public Library InterLINK bursary.

Deadline is August 1, 2023.

 

This support is made possible with funding from the Covid Relief and Recovery grant program.  We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.  

How to apply​:

Please include a Bursary Application Letter (one page) in your LLEAD application package.

Your one-page letter should tell us:

  • your name, 

  • that you are applying for the BC Public Library InterLINK Bursary for which you are applying,

  • a bit about you, and how the bursary will contribute to your personal and professional growth, and to your contribution to the sector, and finally

  • how you will acknowledge the investment the 6 BC federations and Province of BC's Ministry of Municipal Affairs is making in your learning journey, and possibly show the bursary donor your appreciation or their 'return on investment'

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Testimonials

LLEAD is directly responsible for helping me achieve a place at the Leadership table that I had until then found every excuse to avoid! Throughout the year there wasn’t a topic, presenter or speaker that didn’t elevate my understanding of key concepts and principles needed to be effective in my role as a manager. The net result was that I not only benefited from an engaged and resourceful network of colleagues and mentors, but it paved the way for me to move into a managerial position that I had never felt confident enough to pursue, previously. - LLEAD 2016 Grad

Paul Burry

Library Director,

Prince George Public Library

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