The ALAO Diversity Committee is pleased to award the 2016/17 Diversity
Scholarships to Dierric Rogers. We were very impressed by her demonstrated and potential for contributions to the profession. The Diversity Scholarship includes $1,500.00 for tuition, free registration to the ALAO Annual Conference, and a year of mentoring by an ALAO member.
Dierric will be attending Kent State University this year in their Library and Information Science program, and received her bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati. She is currently employed part-time by the Bexley Public Library, as a library associate, as well as secretary for the Columbus City School.
Her supervisor at the Bexley Library reports that Dierric is confident, jumping right in to help when staffing was low, professional in her approach to her work responsibilities, and supportive with new staff, helping coach them as they start in the library.
Dierric has demonstrated her potential for leadership in the profession, with her supervisor mentioning her great contributions to the team she works with. Her potential contributions to the field for diversity is evidenced by her exceptional ability to connect with library patrons from diverse backgrounds and interests, partnering with them to achieve their goals. She reports that she is looking forward to her new career and the opportunities for leadership and contributing to the profession.
Past awardees include Kristen Zajac (2016, Euclid Public Library) and Stephanie Everett Dawson (2015, Akron)
Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Diversity Committee Chair, Ohio University