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The Katherine Walker Library Work Scholar Endowment

Katherine Walker />The Walker Work Scholar Committee at Northern Illinois University Libraries is pleased to announce that applications may now be submitted for the Katherine Walker Library Work Scholar Award. The purpose of this award is to honor Miss Katherine Walker and pay tribute to her lifelong commitment to the library profession through the provision of actual library work experience for students at NIU who wish to explore careers as professional librarians. While serving NIU from 1942 until her retirement in 1973, Miss Walker assisted in the library's move from Altgeld Hall to Swen Parson and later helped with the planning of its subsequent move to Founders Memorial Library.
Preference will be given to undergraduates. Prospective candidates must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and an interest in working in the library environment. The award is based on the academic year. 


To apply, please send together:

  • A letter of application including a brief explanation of your experiences or interests in the field of library science, information studies, and/or media instruction
  • A copy of academic transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation

These materials should be mailed to:

Lynne Smith
Walker Work Scholar Committee Chair
Founders Memorial Library, Room 115C 
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115


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