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Progressive Librarians Guild awards first Miriam Braverman Prize to Syracuse University graduate student

Judy Holmes

The Progressive Librarians Guild awarded the first Miriam Braverman Prize to Michelle Sipley, a graduate student in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and associate director of financial aid at SU.

The annual prize is awarded to a graduate student enrolled in a library and information science program for an essay that covers an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarianship. The winning essay will be published in Progressive Librarian and the student will receive a $300 stipend to attend the annual conference of the American Library Association.

Sipley received the award for her essay, Operation Patriots Act: The Role of School Libraries in Promoting a Free and Informed Society. The essay will be published in the Spring 2003 issue of Progressive Librarian. A native of Knox City, Texas, Sipley graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is pursuing a master's degree in library science, specializing in school library media.

The Progressive Librarians Guild ( was formed in January of 1990 by a group of librarians concerned with the profession's rapid drift into dubious alliances with business and the information industry, and into complacent acceptance of service to the political, economic and cultural status quo.

The School of Information Studies at Syracuse University is a leading center for innovative programs in information policy, information behavior, information management, information systems, information technology and information services. The school has professional degree programs at the undergraduate and master's levels and a research degree at the doctoral level. The school also has a distance education program at the graduate level.

Officially chartered in 1870 as a private, coeducational institution of higher education, Syracuse University is a leading student-centered research university. Syracuse's 11 schools and colleges share a common mission: to promote learning through teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and service while embracing the core values of quality, caring, diversity, innovation and service. The 680-acre campus is home to more than 18,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 90 countries.

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