GNARP Scholarship 2012 Winners Announced

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Judy Alspach -

The German-North American Resources Partnership (GNARP), Bibliothek & Information International (BII)—the standing committee for the promotion of international professional exchange of Bibliothek & Information Deutschland, the Federal Association of German Library and Information Associations—and the Goethe-Institut New York (GI) are pleased to announce the recipients of the GNARP Scholarship 2012. This scholarship supports the efforts of these three organizations to promote and intensify professional exchange between librarians from Germany and North America.

Lindsay Hansen, from California State University in Northridge, will travel to Berlin to visit the John F. Kennedy Institute for North America Studies. She is interested in learning how German librarians and archivists assist their researchers and students in their information-seeking process and how they can improve their patrons’ information literacy. One of Hansen’s various projects, “Germany in California,” involves establishing an online database that features libraries, museums, and archives relevant to Germany, but physically housed in California. With her visit to Germany, Hansen hopes to extend her work by identifying California-related materials in Germany and discovering a way to advise American researchers and students on locating and using the materials.

The German scholarship recipient, Stefan Buddenbohm from the Electronic Publishing Group at the Göttingen State and University Library, aims to learn about experiences, projects, and implementations for digital open access monographs and best practices in open access repositories within the United States and Canada. His current area of work and interest lies in the transition of the classical monograph in the humanities and social sciences to the digital open access monograph of the future. His research interest also includes the economic aspect of the publishing process for these kinds of monographs, as sustainable business and publishing models still need to be developed. Buddenbohm’s participation in the European Commission-funded project “Open Access Publishing in European Networks” provided him with the necessary background to successfully conduct further research in this area.