Hermiston School District Librarian Awarded Grant to Attend Conference

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Delia Fields, Hermiston School District secondary school librarian, is the inaugural recipient of the Gregory Lum American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference Grant.

The $2,000 grant will cover her travel expenses, conference registration, and hotel costs. Fields will then later serve on a committee to select the next recipient.

Delia Fields

“I’ll bring back all sorts of great learning, connections, and resources to use with students and staff,” said Fields. “My position as the Region 6 representative on the Oregon Association of School Libraries board provided me with a bit of a foundation and an idea of how to make the most of a conference. I’ve been preparing.”

The grant was founded by former OASL President Gregory Lum, a retired teacher-librarian. The winner of the grant, a first-time conference attendee, is selected based on a number of criteria such as, a librarians’ impact on library and community, library philosophy, desire to grow professionally, and supervisor support.

Fields will travel to Tampa Bay to attend the 2023 AASL National Conference Oct. 19-21.

“Delia is a vital member of our school staff and of our school district community,” said Scott Depew, director of secondary education. “She directly serves three schools as the teacher-librarian and finds varied ways to share her library-based knowledge, resources, and support with staff and students. This is a wonderful opportunity for her and for our district.”

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