By Wendy Sarubbi | May 11, 2012 10:49 am

Library staff member Natasha Fortune has been awarded a 2012 Florida Library Association Scholarship for graduate students.

Natasha, who handles interlibrary loan services for the College of Medicine’s Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, received the $2,000 Minority Award during the FLA’s conference in Orlando last month. Each year the FLA awards three $2,000 scholarships, one to a student attending FSU, one to a student at the University of South Florida, and one to a minority student attending either school.

Natasha, a senior library technical assistant who earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from FSU, is working on her master’s in library science as a distance learner at FSU. She expects to complete her studies by December 2012.

“The scholarship is exciting. It shows colleagues have confidence in my potential in this field,“ Natasha said.

A work-study job in the interlibrary loan department at FSU planted a seed, Natasha said, explaining how her interests in art and library science blended. Natasha said she enjoys using her creativity at work, such as when she designed the library’s logo.

“Natasha’s creativity and attention to detail make her an excellent library assistant. I know she will be able translate these skills into becoming a superior graduate student and librarian. Natasha is a delight to work with. Her positive attitude and energy make her an asset to our library team,” wrote public services librarian Shalu Gillum in recommending Natasha for the scholarship.


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