The Horner Fellowship in 2014

By Alexandra Humphreys

2014 was an especially important year for the Horner Fellowship program because another event occurred in addition to a JLA Horner fellow’s visit to Arizona: two Horner Fellowship Committee members presented at the Centennial Conference of the JLA.

Centennial Conference of the JLA
Centennial Conference of the JLA

About the Horner Fellowship
In 1989, Dr. Layton “Jack” Horner and his wife, Marian, established the Horner Japanese Fellowship to foster cultural and informational exchanges between librarians from Japan and from the State of Arizona through the generous Horner Fellowship Exchange Endowment. Through the dedication and hard work of many librarians from both countries, including the Horner Fellowship Committee, this Fellowship continues the Horners’ tradition. Each even-numbered year, a librarian from the Japanese Library Association (JLA) visits Arizona, and each odd-numbered year a librarian from AzLA visits Japan. For more information, visithere.

2014 was an especially important year for the Horner Fellowship program because another event occurred in addition to a JLA Horner fellow’s visit to Arizona: two Horner Fellowship Committee members presented at the Centennial Conference of the JLA.

Horner Fellowship, 2015
Horner Fellowship, 2015

100th All Japan Library Association Conference
The Centennial JLA conference took place in Tokyo on October 31, and November 1, 2014. Jeanne Pfander and Alexandra Humphreys, chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Horner Fellowship Committee at the time of the conference, gave a congratulatory address and presentation on library and information science education in Arizona. In addition to the two Horner representatives, Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association, and Jennifer Nicholson, secretary general of the International Federation of Library Associations also presented. After these individual presentations, there was a panel discussion about library and information science education by all representatives. The congratulatory addresses and presentations were well attended.

JLA Horner Fellow Visit to Arizona
This year’s Horner Fellow from Japan, Yumiko Katagiri, visited Arizona on November 10-24, 2014. Jeanne Pfander and Alexandra Humphreys, with assistance from other Arizona librarians, organized and hosted her stay. Yumiko attended the 2014 AzLA/MPLA Annual Conference and visited many libraries in Arizona, including public libraries, school libraries, university libraries, and a museum library.

JLA Horner Fellow Visit to Japan
In the spring of 2015, we will ask for applications and conduct interviews to select a Horner Fellow to visit Japan in fall 2015.

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