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Scholarships for local BIPOC students aim to diversify the future of Burnaby libraries

Increasing the diversity of librarians at BPL will lead to stronger library services, says library board co-chair.
Burnaby Public Library is offering two awards for local BIPOC library students.

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Burnaby Public Library is offering its two annual library school scholarships aimed at strengthening diversity in the library community.

The Picard Trust Awards are $2,500 each and are open to Burnaby residents and current Burnaby Public Library employees who are Indigenous, Black or people of colour, and are pursuing a master’s degree in a library and information studies program.

“Burnaby is a diverse city,” said library board co-chair Sarah Bartnik in a press release.

“We want Burnaby residents to see themselves reflected in our libraries, whether that’s through the books on the shelves, the programs we offer, or the people who answer their questions.”

Last year's awards went to two Burnaby locals, Maité Mayeta Cumba and Nobu Kawaguchi.

The Burnaby Public Library Board has funded an award for library school students for the last 46 years, after a donation from Marcelle Picard.

“We are excited to be able to offer this award to Burnaby residents,” said library board co-chair Mandy Yang.

“We know that increasing the diversity of librarians at BPL and in the broader library community will lead to stronger library services that meet the needs of more residents.”

See the library’s website for more information on the scholarships and how to apply.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15.