Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
April 2013 Grant Announcement

Arizona  |  District of Columbia  |  Florida  |  Georgia  |  Illinois  |  Kansas  |  Maryland 

  |  New York  |  North Carolina  |  Oklahoma  |  Tennessee  |  Texas  |  Wisconsin 


University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
Congressional District: AZ_07
Award Amount: $47,915
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Mr. Bruce Fulton
Digital Projects Librarian

The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science’s (SIRLS) Small and Rural Library Scholars project is a collaboration with Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (ASLAPR) on a planning grant to gather data and build knowledge about the needs of Arizona’s small and rural libraries and the communities they serve in order to align recruitment, retention, mentoring/advising, and placement with curriculum and services. The partners will develop survey instruments for, and communicate with, library directors and staff; create outreach and communication channels for recruitment, advising/mentoring, and job placement; and align new programs to the needs of small and rural libraries and cultural heritage organizations. The project will enable SIRLS to have well-defined and supportable needs information and full stakeholder buy-in.


District of Columbia

Association of Research Libraries - Washington, DC
Congressional District: DC_01
Award Amount: $487,652; Matching Amount: $348,026
Category: Master's Level Programs

Contact: Mark Puente
Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) will develop a diversity recruitment program extending SAA’s Mosaic Scholarship program to provide 15 masters students in archival science or special collections librarianship with financial support, paid internships in libraries and archives, mentoring relationships, leadership development, and career placement assistance. The Mosaic program responds to low minority representation of the professional workforce and is modeled after other diversity recruitment efforts. The program will expand and enhance the recruitment, training, and development of library and archives professionals from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups within the context of large, complex research organizations.



Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
Congressional District: FL_02
Award Amount: $279,729; Matching Amount: $299,425
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Nancy Everhart
Professor and Director of PALM Center

Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services) involves a partnership between the Autism Institute (College of Medicine) and the PALM Center (School of Library and Information Studies) at Florida State University focused on developing and improving information services to rural library patrons on the autism spectrum. The partners will work with the FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the Panhandle Library Access Network, the Scotch Plains (New Jersey) Public Library’s "Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected" project, Syracuse University’s Project ENABLE, and others on the development, implementation, and evaluation of four interactive, multimedia, online professional development modules for libraries and will determine the impact on patrons with autism in public, academic, and school libraries. Three students will be supported to work on the project and at least 170 librarians will participate in the development and testing of the modules, which will be freely available to the general public.



University of Georgia, Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology - Athens,
Congressional District: GA_10
Award Amount: $49,296
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Dr. Christa Deissler
Academic Professional Associate

The Georgia Consortium for Advanced Library Education, a project of the University of Georgia, Valdosta State University, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, is a planning grant focused on creating interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations to better serve the needs of librarians within the state and beyond by developing advanced graduate coursework and creating educational opportunities for the development of Georgia’s current and future workforce. The project includes convening a consortium of stakeholders, including librarians, library educators, and advocates; conducting a needs assessment to determine program elements and the extent of the need for advanced coursework in librarianship in the state of Georgia and nationally; and producing a plan and grant proposal to fully develop a specialist and doctoral degree.



McHenry County College - Crystal Lake, IL
Congressional District: IL_08
Award Amount: $50,000
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Ms. Kate Harger
Dean of Library

The McHenry County College’s Information Literacy for College Readiness project focuses on the development of a plan, in partnership with Harvard Community Unit School District #50, to increase the information literacy of high school students by teaching 10 community college and high school librarians how to better understand the expectations of college-level students and enhance their college readiness. This planning grant will allow the partners to conduct a needs assessment, review the results, disseminate the results to the target high schools, discuss recommendations, conduct a literature review for the program implementation, research professional development training programs on information literacy, develop the larger project’s design, and begin to write the proposal for a full LB21 grant.



Pittsburg State University - Pittsburg, KS
Congressional District:
Award Amount: $487,212; Matching Amount: $390,405
Category: Master's Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Jo Stidham

The 21st Century Alliance: Enhancing the Workforce and Meeting the Information Needs of American Indians is a project of Pittsburg State University, nine American Indian Tribes, sixteen school districts with an American Indian student population greater than 10 percent, and the American Indian Center for Excellence at Northeast Oklahoma A & M. American Indians currently have the highest dropout rate of any United States ethnic or racial group, twice the national average. The 21st Century Alliance will recruit and retain through graduation and an induction year 25 American Indians or those who will serve American Indian populations as library media specialists in tribal libraries, museums, or partner school libraries. Graduates will be able to better support learners from nine tribes/nations in northeast Oklahoma and sixteen schools in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.



University of Maryland, School of Information Studies - College Park, MD
Congressional District: MD_05
Award Amount: $299,999; Matching Amount: $127,535
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Mr. Erik Mitchell
Assistant Professor

The University of Maryland’s project, Curate Cloud: Building Digital Curation Excellence through Professional Education, Cloud Computing and Community Outreach, will provide cultural heritage institutions with tools and resources to help them evaluate, select, and implement digital curation solutions. The project focuses on underrepresented institutions, developing and deploying an innovative research and learning environment that will lower financial, technical, and infrastructure barriers. Twenty mid-career professionals will enroll in a new certificate program to gain theoretical and practical knowledge about digital curation and cloud computing and will design and implement their own cloud-based curated collections. Curate Cloud will help transform the field by developing an open-source research and educational platform and by removing barriers to access for curation tools and resources.



Harvard Library - Cambridge, MA
Congressional District: MA_08
Award Amount: $498,385; Matching Amount: $210,364
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Ms. Andrea Goethals
Manager, Digital Preservation and Repository Svcs

Harvard Library’s Testing the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR-MA) Model in Massachusetts will test the pilot program (NSDR-DC) developed by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to help 10 students gain the skills, experience, and network to begin successful careers in digital stewardship; to increase the number of skilled digital stewardship professionals; and to aid replication of the model residency program across the country. Students will gain both theoretical understanding and real world experience while host institutions will gain experience, training materials, new tools, professional relationships, and staff. The digital stewardship community at large will have more well-trained and networked professionals and future leaders along with curriculum and training materials to help tackle today’s nationwide preservation and curation challenges.


New York

Research Foundation of the State University of New York - Albany, NY
Congressional District: NY_21
Award Amount: $49,435
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Dr. Joette Stefl-Mabry
Associate Professor

SUNY Albany’s Educational Assessment and Evaluation for School Librarians and Teachers responds to calls for transparency and accountability in education. The project will also address public demands for higher standards, accountability, and effective instruction by training future educators in the design and development of the best assessment and evaluation practices available. These include targeting learning needs and providing culturally inclusive instructional materials for learners. The partners, which include SUNY’s Department of Information Studies, School of Education, and the Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education, will use this planning grant to identify critical capabilities; create an assessment and evaluation course for 70 students; develop opportunities for school librarian and media specialists (SLMS) and teachers to align curriculum with assessment; and facilitate collaboration among classroom teachers and SLMS.


New York Metropolitan Reference and Resource Library Agency - New York, NY
Congressional District: NY_08
Award Amount: $498,135; Matching Amount: $187,634
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Mr. Jefferson Bailey
Strategic Initiatives Manager

The Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency’s National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York (NDSR-NY) addresses the library profession’s lack of staff who are trained to successfully acquire, manage, and preserve digital materials. The three-year project builds on the pilot program (NSDR) developed by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. It will support 10 students in gaining skills and experience to begin successful careers in digital stewardship; increase the number of skilled professionals; and help replicate the model residency program across the country. The NDSR-NY project will transform the landscape of certificate programs by using a blended approach that combines education with practical, hands-on work and by bringing together best practices to build a tested curriculum that teaches core competencies.


Syracuse University, School of Information Studies - Syracuse, NY
Congressional District: NY_25
Award Amount: $253,715; Matching Amount: $163,642
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Ruth Small
Laura J&L Douglas Meredith Professor

This project of Syracuse University, extends and enhances the original Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Libraries Everywhere), which focused on school librarians. The project will provide training content aligned with the needs of public and academic librarians to ensure equitable access and services to students with disabilities. It will provide resources that hundreds of participants can later share in workshops with professionals at their institutions. The project, which features web-based professional development opportunities, will increase competence and confidence among professionals throughout the United States so they can provide high-quality services to people with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities at a time such diagnoses are at an all-time high.


Syracuse University, School of Information Studies - Syracuse, NY
Congressional District: NY_25
Award Amount: $498,788; Matching Amount: $377,239
Category: Master's Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Barbara Stripling
Assistant Professor of Practice

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, in partnership with New York City’s Department of Education, will develop the PLUS-NY: Empowering Voices Master of Science in Library & Information Science program to prepare 15 current NYC teachers to become school library media specialists. These masters students will learn the special skills and knowledge that prepare them for instructional leadership and library service in high-needs schools in New York City. The program addresses a critical shortage of qualified and well-trained school library media specialists. By focusing on empowering professional and student voices through the library, PLUS-NY: Empowering Voices will serve as a national model of instructional leadership and library service development.


North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC
Congressional District: NC_04
Award Amount: $499,002; Matching Amount: $430,369
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Helen Tibbo
Alumni Distinguished Professor

Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education (CRADLE): Data Management Education Tools for Librarians, Archivists, & Content Creators is a collaboration among the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s School of Information & Library Science, the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, and the University Libraries. It is focused on helping data librarians, archivists, and information and library science students learn about data management and on providing instruction to data creators in their institutions. The project will result in free online courses on data management for researchers and information professionals to be offered through a "free university" platform as well as face-to-face workshops involving UNC staff, faculty, and students. Support is provided for two CRADLE fellows who will learn about and contribute to the development of this work on effective and efficient data lifecycle management.


University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Greensboro, NC
Congressional District: NC_13
Award Amount: $442,063; Matching Amount: $157,797
Category: Master's Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Nora Bird
Assistant Professor

The goal of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars: New Americans for Community College Librarianship project is to increase the number of immigrants and refugees in community college librarianship. The project includes a recruitment drive, a targeted and focused curriculum that emphasizes multicultural, multilingual, and community engaged librarianship, and a proven practicum model, the Real Learning Connections. The project will result in a sustainable curriculum as well as a multilingual and multicultural cadre of 10 librarians, ready to serve diverse community college students, and ready to work in community college library environments.



Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums - Oklahoma City, OK
Congressional District:
Award Amount: $50,000
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Ms. Susan Feller

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) and its partner, the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, will use this planning grant to explore ways to improve digital inclusion practices in tribal communities. It emphasizes improving the ability of tribal library staff to provide high-quality, sustainable, and culturally relevant digital literacy programs using methods established from discussions with tribal libraries and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) representatives combined with survey data. ATALM will recruit a task force, collect information about digital programs from tribal communities and libraries, conduct focus groups, produce a report with action items, and form alliances with other digital literacy organizations.



University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
Congressional District: TN_02
Award Amount: $49,070
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Dr. Suzanne Allard
Associate Professor

The cybersecurity workforce is one of the most critical employment sectors in the country. The Cybersecurity for Science Information (CSI): Developing Workforce Proficiency project brings together the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop plans for curriculum and research opportunities that will provide students with knowledge and hands-on experiences to confront today’s ever-changing cybersecurity challenges. For this planning grant, UT and ORNL will collaborate with the University of New Mexico Library and the Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop a detailed recruitment strategy; blueprints of cybersecurity educational modules; a platform for sustainable curriculum design; and a strategy for ongoing assessment The project will also identify additional stakeholder groups.


University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
Congressional District: TN_02
Award Amount: $189,416; Matching Amount: $172,137
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Edwin Cortez

Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements brings together the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences and the Center for Literacy, Education & Employment with the San Diego County Libraries and other public libraries in California and Tennessee to provide education, training, workshops, and support materials to support library staff who serve GLBT homeless youth. Activities and materials will focus on educating library personnel about the needs of GLBT homeless youth who come to the public library to access the Internet, read, find employment, contact family, or socialize with others. Activities will help libraries build partnerships with community organizations that work with homeless populations.



University of Texas at Austin, School of Information - Austin, TX
Congressional District: TX_10
Award Amount: $287,654
Category: Research in Early Careers Development

Contact: Dr. Matthew Lease
Assistant Professor

Enabling a New Scale of Conversational Speech Archives via Crowdsourcing, a three-year research project conducted by Assistant Professor Matthew Lease of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, focuses on content developed by groups (crowdsourcing) in combination with transcription technology. Lease will investigate the MALACH oral history of Holocaust eyewitnesses in order to identify more cost-effective preservation and curation practices and develop more scalable practices that can be applied to conversational speech archives at large. He will conduct a content analysis of the capabilities and limitations of six crowdsourcing platforms, pilot test methods for task and evaluation, scale and refine methods and evaluation, and rigorously evaluate and analyze his findings to test two hypotheses about crowdsourcing practices and technology use.


University of North Texas, College of Information - Denton, TX
Congressional District: TX_26
Award Amount: $498,363; Matching Amount: $90,756
Category: Master's Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Yvonne Chandler
Associate Professor

The University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences (UNT/DLIZ) and the UNT Libraries, in partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences library will offer a blended-learning master’s program in library and information science in the Educating Librarians in the Middle South (ELMS) project. The project will provide a web institute, online and blended classes, meetings, and workshops in digital content management. Elective coursework in health information, technology integration, and library services in diverse work settings will also be made available to 30 students from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. The project will result in a new generation of professional librarians and an active, regionally based cohort environment in a disadvantaged region that suffers from chronic inequalities in education and business and offers no other American Library Association-accredited master’s degree programs.



University of Wisconsin System - Madison, WI
Congressional District: WI_02
Award Amount: $140,071; Matching Amount: $47,536
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Kristin Eschenfelder

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies’ Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers project supports the professional development needs of library and information studies (LIS) students and tribal cultural professionals through expansion of service learning partnerships and continuing education, including a multiday, regional institute for librarians, archivists, and museum curators. The project benefits both LIS students, who lack opportunities to learn about and engage with American Indian needs, and tribal professionals, who have limited access to training and technical expertise. The project will result in a model for developing a diverse network, more knowledgeable and confident practitioners, and curriculum materials for tribal information professionals throughout the United States.


University of Wisconsin System, Graduate School - Milwaukee, WI
Congressional District: WI_04
Award Amount: $444,906; Matching Amount: $294,538
Category: Master's Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Wooseob Jeong

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies’ Fostering East Asian Librarianship (FEAL) project addresses the dire scarcity of information professionals within librarianship representing East Asian backgrounds and having Asian language skills. The project will support 12 paraprofessionals pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree specializing in East Asian Studies. Students will specialize in the area of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean studies; work with mentors; receive career guidance and job placement assistance; and get tuition and travel support to attend meetings and participate in conferences. The FEAL project will contribute to a better-skilled, more diverse workforce of library professionals and produce a working model focused on increasing cultural awareness within libraries, library and information science schools, and other institutions.