Join us at the annual meeting of the Horner Fellowship Committee during the AzLA Conference

By Alexandra Humphreys

The members of the Horner Fellowship Committee would like to invite you to our annual business meeting during the AzLA 2015 Conference:

Thursday, November 19, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Aspen 12 Room, Drury Inn, Flagstaff

The Horner Japanese Exchange Fellowship was established in 1989 under the auspices of the Arizona Library Association by Dr. Layton “Jack” Horner and his wife, Marian. The mission of this unique fellowship is to foster cultural and informational exchanges between librarians from Japan and the State of Arizona.

This year, we selected two librarians to visit Japan: David Brown, a Youth Services Librarian at Casa Grande Public Library and Sarah Kortemeier, a Library Specialist at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. David visited many Japanese libraries as a Horner Fellow during his two-week visit in October. He will tell us about his experiences during our meeting. Sarah is a Horner Special Project awardee and will visit Japanese libraries for a week in the Spring of 2016. She will tell us about her pre-trip arrangements to date.

The Horner Fellowship Committee is inviting AzLA members interested in international librarianship to consider this unique opportunity for personal and professional growth.

About the Horner Fellowship and its founder:

Dr. Layton “Jack” Horner participated in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics. He also served during World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy in Alaska and on the East Coast. After the war, while stationed in Japan, he helped implement a decentralized, reformed education system throughout the country. In 1973 he completed his doctorate in Oriental Studies at the University of Arizona and obtained a Fulbright scholarship to the University of Oxford. He taught Oriental and Middle Eastern studies at the University of North Carolina and at Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, Washington.

In 1989, under the auspices of the AzLA, the Horners established The Horner Japanese Exchange Fellowship to help build bridges across the Pacific. Today, this reciprocal program continues to be administered by volunteers on the Horner Fellowship Committee and the International Relations Committee of the Japanese Library Association (JLA). Every even-numbered year, a member of the JLA visits Arizona libraries for two weeks, and every odd-numbered year an AzLA member visits Japanese libraries.

For more information see our website.

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