iSchool Announces Fall 2014  “Beyond These Walls” Student Travel Awards


iSchool Master of Library Science (MLS) students Johnna Percell, Sheridan Sayles, and Matthew Testa are winners of the iSchool’s “Beyond These Walls” Student Travel Awards for Fall 2014. This year’s award winners were eligible for awards of up to $250. The award winners were selected based on a holistic review of their award applications by the iSchool’s Awards Committee.


·         Johnna, along with other members of the iDiversity student group, submitted a paper entitled, “The iDiversity Curriculum Resource Project,” for the ALISE Annual Conference that will take place in Chicago in January.

·         Sheridan will be co-presenting a case study of the customer service curriculum that she helped create for McKeldin Library as part of her work with the Customer Service Committee for the UMD Libraries. She will present her work, entitled “Re-thinking Customer Service Training: A Curricular Solution to a Familiar Problem,” at the Access Services Conference in Atlanta in November.

·         Matthew will be attending sessions and networking with professional music librarians from across the country at the Music Library Association Annual Conference that will take place in Denver in February.


The “Beyond These Walls” Student Travel Award was established in 2012. This fund provides financial support to allow students from any program at the College of Information Studies to attend local and national conferences, present research, and gain experience and exposure to professionals in the field.



Mary Carroll-Mason

Communications Coordinator

College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool

University of Maryland


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