HCLS’s Courtney Thomas earns public librarian scholarship
By Echo Staff
Jul 15, 2014, 20:48
Courtney Thomas, Hancock County Library System’s (HCLS) Executive Director, was recently named the sole recipient of the Public Librarian Scholarship by the Mississippi Library Commission.
The scholarship is part of the Library Services and Technology Act grant program administered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The grant, in the amount of $10,000, covers the tuition costs associated with Thomas’ enrollment in the Master’s Degree in Library Science program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is scheduled to complete the coursework and receive her master’s degree in December 2015.
“In any library, it is always so important to employ staff members who have their MLIS degrees,” Thomas said. “However, the cost of graduate school is quite steep, so receiving this scholarship will definitely be a great help to me.”
Thomas began her library career when she was a high school junior, working as a shelver at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. She then went on to college and came back to the same library as a Reference Assistant. She worked at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center and Hancock Medical Center, before returning to the library system in June 2010, as Personnel and Grants Officer.
“I am excited about receiving this grant to complete my education in library and information services,” said Thomas. “I love the library and the services it provides the citizens of Hancock County and the surrounding communities.”