ARCHIIVED - Robin Kespohl IUG Conference Scholarship

MOBIUS is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization. To remain vibrant, membership must keep current with ever-changing library technologies and trends. To this end, and in accordance with the Strategic Plan, MOBIUS offers the Robin Kespohl IUG Conference Scholarship to encourage and support the professional growth and development of our membership.

The Robin Kespohl IUG Conference Scholarship will fund the attendance of one (1) individual MOBIUS member to attend the annual Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference. The mission of IUG is to:  

  • Serve as a forum to influence the development and improvement of Innovative Interfaces, Inc. products for the benefit of IUG members.
  • Foster and improve relationships and communication among members, and between members and Innovative Interfaces.
  • Gather and disseminate information on the use of Innovative products among the users of the systems.

Applicant Requirements

To be considered for the MOBIUS IUG Scholarship, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time employee at a MOBIUS member library.
  • Actively use an Innovative product as an essential part of his or her job.
  • Not attended the IUG conference within the past 2 years.

Application forms are sent out each winter. Current Board members and MOBIUS staff are not eligible for this scholarship.

Past Winners

2013 - John Oyler, Public Services Librarian, St. Paul School of Theology

2014 - Melanie Church, Content Services Librarian, Rockhurst University

2015 - Laura Kromer, Technician II, Missouri State Library

2016 - Lora Farrell, Catalog & Digital Services Librarian, Kansas City Art Institute

2017 - Sarah Fancher, Director, Ozarks Technical Community College

2018 - Theresa Flett, Reference Librarian, St. Charles Community College

2019 - Paula Albers, Electronic Resources Librarian, Webster University 

2020 - Jacque Gage, Access Services Librarian, Ozark Christian College 

Honoring Robin Kespohl

On December 14, 2018, the MOBIUS Board of Directors renamed the MOBIUS IUG Conference Scholarship to the Robin Kespohl IUG Conference Scholarship. Robin worked for MOBIUS for seven years and before that for over 30 years at Ellis Library at the University of Missouri - Columbia.  According to George Rickerson, first MOBIUS Executive Director, “Robin was responsible for getting the initial clusters up and running and it was due to her amazing intelligence, energy, grace, wisdom and determination that it was so successful.  It is not hyperbole to say that it would not have happened without her, at least not on time and certainly not as smoothly.” Robin passed away on February 16, 2018.