Swets is pleased to award the second annual 2009 Swets’ Charleston Scholarship to Deborah Blecic, Bibliographer for the Life and Health Sciences and Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago Library (Chicago, Illinois). Deborah was awarded the scholarship to attend the Conference taking place November 4 through 7, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Deborah’s winning essay entitled, “eBooks: One-Click Access for our Users,” envisions a dynamic eBooks portal, combining a searchable catalog, alphabetic list and federated search component, all dedicated to eBooks and available from a seamless Web interface. Combining the library’s various subscriptions and purchases together, patrons would have instant access to this eBooks portal through the library homepage. Deborah foresees this eBooks interface speaking to the needs of the library’s end-users and their ability to find and search eBooks no matter what underlying issues exist with catalog records. Search functionality within this Web portal would be possible by title, title keyword, author, ISBN, publisher and year of publication. Deborah believes a tool such as this would allow her end-users to find eBooks quickly and efficiently.
A committee made up of Katina Strauch, Head of Collection Development, College of Charleston, Chuck Hamaker, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Technical Services, University of North Carolina: Wilmington and Christine Stamison, Senior Customer Relations Manager, Swets, collaboratively worked together to choose the winning composition.
The committee members picked Deborah’s essay because she clearly explained an excellent proposed eBook service that would be beneficial to the library community at large. In addition, Deborah identified this solution would contain an eBook federated search component, an ideal service that has not been created within the current information marketplace but would be meaningful and align with the rising popularity of electronic content.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.