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    December 14th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Los Angeles, CA – December 14, 2011. LAC Group has been named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the city’s top 100 fastest growing private companies in L.A. County and one of the top 100 largest women-owned L.A. County-based businesses. As owner, founder & CEO, Deborah Schwarz and her rapidly growing company of nearly 400 employees came in 90th and 34th respectively. LAC Group marks these milestones in their 25th year of operation, after a quarter century of providing quality and innovation in the global information and asset management industry. Schwarz credits the success to strong client relationships, a dedicated team and an unwavering focus on client success.

    “Our continuing prolific growth after a quarter century of service is a testament to our reputation for client success and the quality of our exceptional team,” says Schwarz. “We are honored by the recognition in both arenas and commend the exemplary outlook for women-owned companies in this vibrant business community.”

    The Los Angeles Business Journal ranks companies throughout L.A. County. To see the full listings, visit the LA Business Journal website:

    About LAC Group
    LAC Group is a leading global provider of library, legal, information/research staffing, consulting, project and asset management services, with clients in government/nonprofit, the Fortune 500, law, academia, biotechnology, and more. For additional information, visit or contact Erin Beekhuis at 800.987.6794 /

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    December 14th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Birmingham, Ala. – Dec. 14, 2011 – In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO awarded five librarians $1,500 scholarships to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Jan. 20–24, 2012. As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay on the topic: "If you could change anything about your current workplace or job responsibilities, how would you position them to meet future needs?"

    The five librarians who were selected as winners are Jo Alcock, evidence-based researcher, Kenrick Library, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK; Angiah L. Davis, reference librarian, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center, Atlanta; Liz M. Kirchhoff, adult services librarian, Barrington Area Library, Barrington, Ill.; Kathleen Lehman, head librarian, Physics Library, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.; and Kirby McCurtis, youth services librarian, San Diego Public Library, San Diego.

    The winners outlined creative approaches for change unique to their libraries. Their ideas included literacy outreach programs in partnership with human service organizations, school reading initiatives, social media networking, and one-on-one librarian-to-patron consultations, with the common thread being stepping outside the library as “a physical building” to partner with and meet the needs of the community.

    “If I could change my job in any way, I would strive to be more embedded in my community,” says Kirchhoff. “By being active participants in our community, we can provide convenient services where our patrons need them most.”

    The applications were judged by a jury designated by ALA: jury chairman Julius C. Jefferson Jr., information research specialist, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; David A. Brackus, librarian, Jefferies & Company Inc., Houston; Elizabeth Nelson, knowledge analyst, UOP LLC, Woodstock, Ill.; Tobi Oberman, head of circulation, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, Ill.; Dawn J. Zeig, library media specialist, Malcom S. Mackay School, Mahwah, N.J.

    The five winning librarians will join EBSCO and ALA representatives for a breakfast honoring the scholarship recipients during the conference on Sunday, Jan. 22. EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the professional development of librarians around the world and has a long tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences, providing money to be used for conference registration, travel, and expenses. EBSCO will continue awarding scholarships in 2012 for the ALA Annual Conference, which will be held in Anaheim, Calif.

    About ALA
    The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 65,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society:

    About EBSCO
    Established in 1944, EBSCO is the world’s leading information agent providing consultative services and cutting-edge technology for managing and accessing quality content, including print and e-journals, e-packages, research databases, eBooks, and more. Now more than ever libraries and research organizations are looking for new ways to manage their collections more efficiently. EBSCO has developed the most comprehensive “e” discovery and management solutions, offering unparalleled integration to help librarians save time and money while empowering their users.

    EBSCO serves clients in more than 200 countries through our 30 offices worldwide with more than 140 librarians on staff. To learn more about EBSCO’s products and services, visit


    For more information, please contact:

    Rossi Morris
    Media Relations Coordinator
    EBSCO Corporate Communications

    Cheryl Malden
    Program Officer
    American Library Association