2014 Zubrzycki Scholarship Winner Named

Dominican University and Polish American Librarians Association award Vera May Barnes Zubrzycki Scholarship

Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s third annual Vera May Barnes Zubrzycki Scholarship will be awarded to Jamie Winchell during the Polish American Librarians Association (PALA) annual meeting on February 23 at Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus in Chicago. The scholarship is funded by a bequest to Dominican University from PALA members and Chicagoans Michael and Christine Zubrzycki in honor of Mr. Zubrzycki’s mother.

A current student at GSLIS who is employed at Oak Park River Forest High School, Winchell expects to receive her degree and school library media licensure in 2014 and plans to continue working in a school setting. Winchell says, “Libraries provide tools that can help break down cultural and ideological barriers that too often exist between individuals and groups of people. I believe that part of my calling involves orienting students to a broader understanding of the human experience so that they can help make our world a more inclusive, accepting, and better place.”

The Zubrzycki Scholarship is intended to support a library school student specializing in service to children, with emphasis on incorporating multiculturalism, particularly the Polish-American experience, into the practice of librarianship. The selection committee included GSLIS Dean Kate Marek, PALA Past President Aldona Salska, and Leonard Kniffel, PALA member and editor emeritus of American Libraries magazine. Marek says, “We are delighted to work in collaboration with the Polish American Librarians Association to be able to support an exemplary student, and to further GSLIS’s mission, which includes a firm commitment to cultural inclusivity.”

The Polish American Librarians Association was founded in 2010 to positively impact services provided to library patrons of Polish descent and individuals interested in Polish culture.

Dominican University’s GSLIS is distinguished by innovative practice and research and has been educating future library leaders and information professionals since the 1930s. The school offers an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, a master of professional studies degree, and a doctoral degree in library and information science.