In recognition of the special contributions to Middle East librarianship by M. Lesley Wilkins, Bibliographer for Law of the Islamic World at the Harvard Law School Library who passed away on 23 July 2007, the Middle East Librarians’ Association (MELA) has established the M. Lesley Wilkins Education Award. A cash prize of $1,000 (USD one thousand) will be awarded in alternate years in Lesley’s memory to a person who made significant contributions to education and mentorship in Middle East librarianship. These contributions include but are not limited to: mentoring other librarians, excellence in teaching, innovative original research, and promotion of education in the field.
2016 Committee Members:
- Robin Dougherty (chair, Yale University)
- Jaleh Fazelian (John Carroll University)
- William Kopycki (Library of Congress)
- Connie Lamb (Brigham Young University)
- Ali Boutaqmanti (Harvard University
- Jake Benson (Ph.D. candidate, University of Leiden)
- Dale Correa (UT Austin)
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2014 M. Lesley Wilkins Education Award: David H. Partington
In order that sufficient funds can be raised to enable this prize to be awarded in perpetuity the MELA Board has set a fund-raising target of $10,000 (ten thousand US dollars). Donations will be permanently restricted and invested in order to preserve the intent of the M. Lesley Wilkins Education Award and to enable it to grow and be sustainable. Future MELA Boards shall look into possible opportunities that would maximize the revenue gained from the Fund’s investments.
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