Cynthia Graham Hurd was a librarian for over 31 years in Charleston public and academic libraries. On June 17, 2015, she lost her life in the tragic shooting at the Emanuel AME Church. She is remembered as “a tireless servant of the community who spent her ife helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth”.
Leah Hinds, Assistant Conference Director, introduced the award and said,
“Cynthia Hurd graduated from Clark Atlanta University and received her MLS from the University of South Carolina. At the time of her death she served as manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library branch of the Charleston County Public Library. The branch was renamed and dedicated in her honor on June 21, 2016, the date that would have been her 56th birthday.
In addition to working full-time with Charleston County, Hurd worked part time at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library since the 1990s—its longest-serving part-time librarian. She worked there with Katina Strauch and many others who attend the conference annually.
There has been an outpouring of love and support from the community and all across the country, and a call to put grief into action to remember Cynthia and the rest of the Emmanuel Nine. We were thrilled when Springer Nature approached the Charleston Conference with the idea to start a scholarship in her name. The goal of the award was to support a person who has demonstrated an active interest in the profession, but has not had an opportunity to attend the conference due lack of institutional funding. The award is closely tied to projects or initiatives designed to enhance diversity in the selection of resources, or provide services to support the research and learning needs of all segments of the academic community. We enthusiastically thank Springer for their support and for bringing the idea to life.”
This year’s award recipient is Sabrina Dyck, Faculty Librarian at Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL. Cynthia’s brother, Melvin, presented the award.