The Board of Trustees for the Margaret Williams Trust Fund Award have presented the 2016 award to Jane Hawco in the amount of $1,500. The award was established in 1984 to promote the development of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador. The annual award is in the memory of long-standing Memorial University Librarian, Margaret Williams.
Ms. Hawco holds a BA (Hons.) in Classics, 2014, from Memorial University, and is currently attending McGill University in Montreal, where she is completing a Masters in Library and Information Studies. " When I graduate from McGill University, I plan on exploring digital aspects of librarianship," said Ms. Hawco in her award application. "A large portion of my childhood was spent at the local public libraries in Newfoundland. I have experienced firsthand how important access to unlimited literature was for my personal development. I would really love the opportunity to further develop the online eBook and Audiobook database for the Newfoundland and Labrador public library system."
Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants seeking funding for library-related projects or assistance in pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies, or teacher librarianship.