Margery C. Ramsay and Barrett Reid Scholarships

The Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid Scholarships are offered by the State Library of Victoria on alternate years, to Victorian public library staff with an aptitude for leadership and big picture thinking. They offer a career-defining opportunity for emerging leaders to step beyond of their current role and craft themselves a professional development program that explores an innovative and exciting topic.  More……

Margery C Ramsay Scholarship 2024

Unlock the doors to innovation and leadership in library services with the 2024 Margery C Ramsay Scholarship! Applications are now open, offering up to $20,000 for Victorian public library staff. Apply today and take the next step in your professional journey:

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Scholarship Projects

Public Libraries Victoria is proud to present the following report from a previous winner of these scholarships.

2021: Social Prescribing Library – Nerida Dye


Previous Margery C. Ramsay Scholarship winners

Previous Barrett Reid Scholarship winners

Who was Margery C Ramsay?

Margery C Ramsay was a trailblazer, visionary, and driving force in the world of libraries.

In the 1940s, she became the first qualified librarian appointed to a public library service in country Victoria, where she transformed Ballarat Library and contributed to the development of one of Victoria’s first regional library services.

During the 1950s, Margery led municipal library services in Tasmania before returning to Victoria in the 1960s as Principal of the Library Training School.

She served as State Library Victoria’s Deputy-Principal Librarian in 1969 and as Principal Librarian from 1974 to 1981. Margery C Ramsay was more than just a name; she was an innovator and leader in public libraries, leaving a lasting impact on the profession.