Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
June 2012 Grant Announcement

Alabama  |  California  |  Colorado  |  District of Columbia  |  Idaho  |  Illinois  |  Iowa  |  Maryland 

Mississippi  |  New Jersey  |  New York  |  North Carolina  |  North Dakota  |  Oklahoma 

Pennsylvania  |  Puerto Rico  |  Tennessee  |  Texas 


Alabama

University of Alabama, School of Library and Information Studies - Tuscaloosa, AL
Congressional District: AL 07
Award Amount: $317,450; Matching Amount: $318,355
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Meier
Assistant Professor
(205)348-2131; jcampbellmeier@slis.ua.edu

The "Sustainable Training for Alabama Public Library Employees" (STAPLE) initiative is a joint project between the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama and the Alabama Public Library Service. It will provide management training to sixty of the state’s public library administrators in two cohorts. This project will help provide these library managers with enhanced planning, communication, and networking skills. The educational resources developed by the project will be made freely available on the web.

 


California

University of Southern California, School of Religion - Los Angeles, CA
Congressional District: CA 33
Award Amount: $399,714; Matching Amount: $460,116
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Bruce Zuckerman
Professor of Religion
(213)740-3405; bzuckerm@dornsife.usc.edu

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) provides the capacity to view in unprecedented detail the textured surface of an artifact by enabling users to move a virtual light source around a high resolution image in real time in order to illuminate the imaged artifact from any angle. Very few institutions, however, possess the ability to create the source images required. The University of Southern California and its West Semitic Research Project’s InscriptiFact Digital Image Library, and the Archaeology Research Center will establish a training program to empower researchers, scholars, students, archivists, librarians, and museum professionals to carry out field projects involving highly sophisticated and innovative image documentation of ancient texts, artifacts, paintings and other cultural heritage objects. The project will also serve to facilitate the acquisition and distribution of RTI images of ancient inscriptions and artifacts by bringing the images created by the field projects into the InscriptiFact Digital Image Library

 

University of Southern California, Libraries - Los Angeles, CA
Congressional District: CA 33
Award Amount: $20,713; Matching Amount: $12,893
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Claude Zachary
(213)740-2587; czachary@usc.edu

Neighborhood and community-based archives hold an increasing portion of the nation’s cultural record. Many of these institutions, however, are staffed part-time or by volunteers who have little access to continuing education opportunities. The University of Southern California Libraries, the Autry National Center, and California State University Northridge will lead a planning project to develop a new residency program that will provide continuing education opportunities for recent MLIS graduates and existing staff at neighborhood- and community-based archives throughout Southern California. This planning project will develop a residency structure, curriculum, and evaluation plan, based on the needs of both the neighborhood and community archives as well as the proposed residents.

 

Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
Congressional District: CA 30
Award Amount: $310,000; Matching Amount: $238,000
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Susan Allen
(310)206-9393; sallen@gseis.ucla.edu

UCLA’s School of Information Studies will use its grant to provide tuition and some travel and housing support for 36 mid-career special collections librarians to attend the California Rare Books School (CRBS). A continuing education program sponsored by UCLA, CRBS is one of the few institutions in the United States providing extended, high-level training in the knowledge and skills required by professionals working in all aspects of the rare book, special collections, and archives communities.

 


Colorado

University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education - Denver, CO
Congressional District: CO 01
Award Amount: $449,006; Matching Amount: $280,000
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Mary Stansbury
Associate Professor
303-968-7854; mary.stansbury@du.edu

The University of Denver Library and Information Science Program and its partners will use its grant to fund the Early Childhood Librarianship program, which is designed to increase the number of MLIS-degreed librarians who are prepared to serve the early literacy needs of very young children (0-5 years), caregivers, educators, and community coalitions. Almost all scholastic achievement is based on early literacy skills, and many young children are face substantial obstacles in acquiring these skills. In this program twenty scholarship recipients will study brain research, child development, and Spanish language, among other topics.

 


District of Columbia

Association of Research Libraries - Washington, DC
Congressional District: DC 01
Award Amount: $481,751; Matching Amount: $332,394
Category: Master’s Level Programs

Contact: Mark Puente
Director of Diversity Programs
(202)296-2296; mpuente@arl.org

The Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (ARL CEP) will create a robust fellowship experience for 32 graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups. Over the course of three years, participants, selected through a competitive application process, will engage in an in-depth fellowship experience that includes a paid internship in a partner ARL member library; the potential for academic credit; mentoring; leadership development offered through ARL's annual Leadership Symposium; and career placement assistance. ARL CEP Fellows will be recruited from ALA-accredited Library and Information Science programs and placed in internships in one of the following ARL member libraries: University of Arizona; University of California, San Diego; Columbia University; University of Kentucky; University of Michigan; National Library of Medicine; North Carolina State University; and the University of Washington.

 

Catholic University of America - Washington, DC
Congressional District: DC 01
Award Amount: $498,741; Matching Amount: $58,252
Category: Master’s Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Youngok Choi
Assistant Professor
(202)319-6275; choiy@cua.edu

The Catholic University of America will educate and support 17 students in the Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration in its library science master’s degree program. This three-year project will educate students in the organization, management, and preservation of materials in 21st century cultural heritage institutions. Students will be able to take practicums at the Art Museum of the Americas, Corcoran School of Art & Design, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian Institution.

 


Idaho

Pacific Northwest Association, Ada Community Library - Boise, ID
Congressional District: ID 01
Award Amount: $70,225; Matching Amount: $72,900
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Ms. Mary DeWalt
Director
(208)362-0181x123; mdewalt@adalib.org

Public libraries are changing rapidly to better serve their communities, and library staff must constantly redevelop their skills to facilitate this change. Opportunities for professional development, however, are especially limited in rural areas. The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA), which includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, and Montana, will use its grant to support the PNLA Leads program, offering intensive weeklong training to degreed and non-degreed library staff in these largely rural states. PNLA Leads is designed to develop and enhance skills and aptitudes in areas such as visioning, conflict resolution, commitment to community, personal introspection and growth, mentoring, team building, and risk taking. This professional development project will include leadership institutes in 2013 and 2015 and a train-the-trainer workshop in 2014.

 


Illinois

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois - Champaign, IL
Congressional District: IL 15
Award Amount: $498,777; Matching Amount: $213,561
Category: Programs to Build Institutional Capacity

Contact: Catherine Blake
(217)333-115; clblake@illinois.edu

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will use its grant to create a graduate specialization in Sociotechnical Data Analytics (SODA). Library and information science professionals have been stewards of information for centuries. Changes in how information is created, disseminated, and re-used provide new opportunities to ensure that information created today will be available for centuries to come. In some cases, particularly those involving large research data sets, this means that the information stewards must apply a greater level of analysis to the materials they hold, if they are to successfully preserve them and make them useable. The project will benefit from strategic partnerships with researchers and businesses that already work with large data sets.

 

American Library Association, Public Library Association - Chicago, IL
Congressional District: IL 07
Award Amount: $45,145; Matching Amount: $31,017
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Ms. Barbara Macikas
Executive Director
(312)280-4395; bmacikas@ala.org

The Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), will undertake a one-year collaborative planning project to design and develop a leadership training model for key staff in public libraries across the United States. This project will design, pilot test, and develop an outcomes-based evaluation plan to provide leadership training to public library administrators, senior managers, and staff who want to increase their capacity to lead within the library and the community. With insight and instruction from ICMA, the grant project will also create a mechanism for librarians to work with municipal officials towards enhancing the capacity of libraries to be more active and successful participants in community initiatives.

 

Illinois State Library - Springfield, IL
Congressional District: IL 18
Award Amount: $470,000; Matching Amount: $170,072
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Gwendolyn Harrison
(217)785-7334; gharrison@ilsos.net

The ILEAD USA project, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, seeks to help librarians develop new technology skills by meeting a specific community need, all the while being supported by peer learners in a network of collaborating teams. Building on a successful statewide project in Illinois, the 18-month continuing education immersion initiative is designed to expand librarians’ leadership abilities while also helping them build their participatory technology skills to effectively engage their constituents. Twenty-eight five-member teams in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, and Utah will attend three three-day, in-person sessions over the course of nine months. The sessions will be held simultaneously in each of the five states with plenary sessions broadcast live on streaming video. Between in-person sessions, virtual meetings and activities will allow participants to hone their newly acquired skills; experiment with participatory technology tools; and continue communication with the ILEAD USA network of participants.

 


Iowa

Council of State Historical Records Coordinators - Iowa City, IA
Congressional District: IA 02
Award Amount: $489,880; Matching Amount: $153,758
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Victoria Walch
(319)338-0248; vwalch@statearchivists.org

The Council of State Historical Records Coordinators will use its grant to the support the State Electronic Records Initiative Education Program, which will improve electronic records management in state and territorial governments through a multifaceted continuing education program for state archives staff. Scholarships to each state archives will enable staff to attend existing electronic records management and digital preservation (ERM/DP) educational programs. The largest component of the program will be a series of intensive week-long institutes designed to immerse attendees in the issues and concepts of ERM/DP in state government. All states will send a staff member to these advanced institutes. States that have not yet started ERM/DP programs will first participate in an introductory institute. Attendees will develop action plans for their home institution, then report progress and reinforce interstate collaborations via webinars and online communities.

 


Maryland

University of Maryland - College Park, MD
Congressional District: MD 05
Award Amount: $499,977; Matching Amount: $68,056
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Dr. John Bertot
Professor & Director, CLII
(301)405-3267; jbertot@umd.edu

The University of Maryland at College Park and its partner, the American Library Association Office of Government Relations, will use this grant to fund fifteen scholarships for MLS students with a concentration in e-government. The rapid growth of e-government services continues to raise many fundamental questions about the nature of government information and its management, dissemination, access, and preservation. Digital technologies offer new and innovative approaches for governments at the same time as they challenge libraries to serve the changing needs of the public.

 

McDaniel College - Westminster, MD
Congressional District: MD 06
Award Amount: $239,649; Matching Amount: $145,272
Category: Master’s Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Ramona Kerby
Professor and Coordinator
(410)857-2507; rkerby@mcdaniel.edu

Addressing the critical shortage of school librarians in underserved Maryland regions, the school library program of McDaniel College, partnering with the Maryland State Department of Education, will use its grant to recruit 12 teachers (or other currently employed school professionals) to receive full scholarships for Master’s degrees in school library media. Recipients will also receive funding to attend three conferences of the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL). The 2010 ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Programs for School Librarian Preparation will be embedded into the coursework.

 


Mississippi

Mississippi Library Commission - Jackson, MS
Congressional District: MS 03
Award Amount: $192,938; Matching Amount: $132,877
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Ms. Jennifer Walker
Development Services Bureau Director
(601)432-4068; jwalker@mlc.lib.ms.us

The Mississippi Library Commission will create the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute to develop the next generation of library leaders in the state. Designed for MLS-degreed librarians with less than fifteen years of professional library experience, the institute will focus on developing participants’ 21st century skills in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, communication, and leadership and responsibility. The Institute will accommodate sixty individuals in two cohorts. These individuals will participate in four training sessions, each lasting two and a half days, held over a period of 13 months. As part of the training, participants will be required to develop and implement a project in partnership with a local non-profit, educational, or other governmental entity. The institute will result in a pool of dedicated, skilled, confident, enthusiastic librarians prepared to take on the challenges of leadership and management.

 


New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick, NJ
Congressional District: NJ 06
Award Amount: $272,996; Matching Amount: $182,135
Category: Research in Early Careers Development

Contact: Dr. Chirag Shah
Assistant Professor
(732)932-7500x8240; chirags@rutgers.edu

This grant will fund an Early Career Development research project, in which Rutgers University Assistant Professor Chirag Shah will investigate the need to introduce and support collaborative information seeking for people working in information intensive domains like libraries. The intended audience of this project includes, but is not limited to, students, educators, researchers, developers, and practitioners. While much has been made of the collaborative nature of information systems’ content creation (wikis, blogs, etc.), the seeking and retrieval of information can also be enhanced through collaboration, one scenario of which might include networked expert reference.

 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Library and Information Department - New Brunswick, NJ
Congressional District: NJ 06
Award Amount: $399,995; Matching Amount: $277,684
Category: Research in Early Careers Development

Contact: Dr. Rebecca Reynolds
(732)932-7500x8241; rebecca.reynolds@rutgers.edu

Rutgers University Assistant Professor Rebecca Reynolds will use a guided, discovery-based program to investigate the impact of gaming on learning among disadvantaged middle and high school students in three states. This Early Career Development Research project aims to cultivate digital fluency, product development expertise, computational thinking, and core curriculum knowledge among students traditionally left behind in the digital divide. Research has provided early evidence indicating that student participation in such a program positively influences standardized test scores in science and social studies. But other research indicates that extrinsically motivated students—those driven to perform a task in order to attain an outcome rather than for the enjoyment of the task itself—may not find the program as conducive to learning as others. The research conducted with this grant cold lead to better understanding of the mechanisms at work..

 


New York

Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science - New York, NY
Congressional District: NY 08
Award Amount: $261,967; Matching Amount: $541,965
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Dr. Tula Giannini
Dean and Professor
(212)647-7682; giannini@pratt.edu

As digital technologies have developed and become integral to museum work, there is a growing need to prepare cultural heritage professionals with 21st century knowledge and skills. M-LEAD-TWO (Museum Library Education and Digitization Technology-Web-Online) is a partnership among the Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science, the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Collection, and the New York Art Resource Consortium. It will provide scholarship support for 15 diverse MSLIS students (five per year), and a two-semester paid internship program at the Brooklyn Museum and the Frick.

 

New York University - New York, NY
Congressional District: NY 08
Award Amount: $447,591; Matching Amount: $150,868
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Dr. Howard Besser
Director, MIAP
(212)992-9399; howard@nyu.edu

New York University’s grant will support its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, which will educate library professionals in caring for collections on film. The project will provide paid internships for 30 students working in major film collections around the country. Working professionals also will receive formal training in audiovisual collection care, assessment, and management through workshops hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council and the American Library Association’s Video Roundtable. Much of the cultural record of the 20th century is held on film, and special skills are needed to preserve it.

 

Syracuse University, School of Information Studies - Syracuse, NY
Congressional District: NY 25
Award Amount: $237,973; Matching Amount: $61,281
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Dr. Ruth Small
Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor
(315)443-4511; drruth@syr.edu

Syracuse University will use its grant to support Project ENABLE, which will extend a high-quality, comprehensive continuing education program for school librarians to help them better serve the library and information needs of preschool students with disabilities. Thirty teams of general educators, special educators, and school librarians will collaboratively study types of disabilities, disability law, assistive technology, the Individualized Education Program process, accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning. Following an intensive summer workshop, participant teams will implement action plans in their schools, participate in a wiki to share success stories and exchange ideas, and use a training package to deliver two workshops to their school librarian colleagues in their home districts. The project’s free and fully accessible training website will be further developed and marketed to librarians nationwide.

 


North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC
Congressional District: NC 04
Award Amount: $218,063; Matching Amount: $166,192
Category: Research in Early Careers Development

Contact: Dr. Ryan Shaw
(919)843-9128; ryanshaw@unc.edu

Ryan Shaw, Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will use this Early Career Development grant to invent new tools for understanding large collections of histories through computational text processing techniques. The project will focus on a promising technique for automatically identifying within narrative texts individual events and their participants. These events will then be used as basic units for building up larger-scale models of narrative structure that can be used to link and compare related histories. The specific histories to be used for this project are 80 scholarly monographs and 350 oral histories related to the civil rights movement.

 


North Dakota

Valley City State University, Allen Memorial Library - Valley City, ND
Congressional District: ND 01
Award Amount: $290,014; Matching Amount: $26,227
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Ms. Donna James
Library Director
(701)845-7275; donna.james@vcsu.edu

To address the continuing need for professional librarians in rural areas, Valley City State University (VCSU) will use its grant to offer scholarships for 15 Master's degree candidates in the VCSU online Library and Information Technologies Master of Education (M.ED./LIT) concentration. In addition, the grant will allow the university to offer four face-to-face summer institutes within the M.Ed./LIT program, providing full tuition scholarships for up to 120 students, librarian mentors, and faculty to meet for on-site field experiences, professional collaboration, and training in 21st century library leadership skills.

 


Oklahoma

East Central University, Linscheid Library - Ada, OK
Congressional District: OK 04
Award Amount: $65,147; Matching Amount: $58,080
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Dr. Adrianna Lancaster
Director of Linscheid Library
(580)559-5368; alancaster@ecok.edu

East Central University and its partners will use this grant to support the Oklahoma Library Skills Initiative, which seeks to create information literacy teaching resources through a collaborative effort. This project provides participating librarians with training in the technology and pedagogy required to address college students’ information literacy deficiencies. The technology training teaches participating librarians how to use a web-based, information literacy tutorial template created in an earlier collaborative project, while the pedagogical training emphasizes the assessment of student learning outcomes. The partner libraries will then share the resulting online tutorials.

 

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums - Oklahoma City, OK
Congressional District: OK 05
Award Amount: $500,000; Matching Amount: $899,717
Category: Continuing Education

Contact: Ms. Susan Feller
Project Director
(405)522-3259; sfeller@oltn.odl.state.ok.us

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums will use its grant to provide 24 web-based learning experiences and two international convenings focused on the continuing education needs of tribal archivists, librarians, and museum staff. Now in their tenth year, these professional development programs have proven highly effective in developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of more than 750 caretakers of tribal materials and culture. These efforts have also created an international network of sharing and collaboration among indigenous libraries, archives, and museums worldwide.

 


Pennsylvania

Drexel University, College of Information Science and Technology - Philadelphia, PA
Congressional District: PA 02
Award Amount: $345,270; Matching Amount: $238,698
Category: Programs to Build Institutional Capacity

Contact: Dr. Tony Grubesic
(215)571-3601; ahg32@drexel.edu

Librarians are increasingly called upon to manage and preserve the resources created by an array of geo-location tools. The "Geographic Information Librarianship" project (GIL) is a two-year curricular research collaboration between Drexel University and the University of Kentucky. The project’s goal is to formally integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into library and information science (LIS) curricula at these two schools. The project’s objectives are to create two online GIL courses, implement a recruitment plan and deliver the two online GIL courses at both institutions; use a survey validation study of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to inform LIS curricula; and increase GIS related research in LIS. The resulting GIL courses will be permanently offered by the two schools on a biannual basis.

 


Puerto Rico

Fundacion Sila M. Calderon - San Juan, PR
Congressional District: PR 01
Award Amount: $38,200; Matching Amount: $44,400
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Jose Ortiz
(787)765-4500; jortiz@centroparapuertorico.org

The Fundacion Sila M. Calderon will lead the effort to develop a continuing education plan for librarians and archivists working in Puerto Rico. This plan will be based on a needs assessment funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration. Drawing upon expertise provided by the special collections unit at the CUNY Lehman College, the Library and Information Science Program at Queens College, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, this planning project will review the identified training needs of the targeted audience to determine which current offerings of the partnering institution meet these needs, and what needs would best be met through a Spanish language, culturally adapted continuing education program offered through the Fundacion Sila M. Calderon.

 


Tennessee

University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
Congressional District: TN 02
Award Amount: $478,258; Matching Amount: $112,155
Category: Scholarship Continuation

Contact: Dr. Bharat Mehra
Associate Professor
(865)974-5917; bmehra@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences, partnering with Clinch Powell Regional Library, Fort Loudoun Regional Library, Sevier County Public Library, and Watauga Regional Library, will build on the existing Information Technology Master’s scholarship program to train thirteen new, rural paraprofessionals in information technology and management skills while they complete their online master’s degrees. The project will also support one graduate student assistant. The Southern and Central Appalachian region continues to experience debilitating poverty and unemployment, low levels of information literacy and educational attainment, and a lack of access to and use of information technology. Libraries are key community anchor institutions that are particularly well situated to develop information-related solutions to meet the region’s needs.

 

University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
Congressional District: TN 02
Award Amount: $339,593; Matching Amount: $452,164
Category: Doctoral Programs

Contact: Dr. Edwin Cortez
Director and Professor
(865)974-2148; ecortez@utk.edu

The La SCALA program, a partnership between the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information and the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science, will use its grant to recruit and educate four Hispanic/Latino doctoral students with the ultimate goal of placing them in faculty positions throughout the country. Hispanics are now the largest minority in the U.S., and while the number of Latino librarians remains low (6.7 percent of all librarians), the number of Latino library and information science educators is even lower. Latinos are especially poorly represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) information, an area of growing importance to societal well-being.

 


Texas

University of Texas at Austin, School of Information - Austin, TX
Congressional District: TX 21
Award Amount: $44,790; Matching Amount: $21,039
Category: Collaborative Planning Grant

Contact: Dr. Loriene Roy
Professor
(512)471-3959; loriene@ischool.utexas.edu

The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin will use its grant to partner with the American Indian Library Association on curriculum-planning project. The partners will assess the degree of awareness of indigenous ways among educators and recent graduates of programs that prepare entry-level professionals for library/archives/museum work settings. Professionals in these fields have been examining the intersection between cultural protocols of indigenous peoples and professional values in holding, collecting, providing access, and using indigenous intellectual content. This assessment will be a starting point in considering the future development of sharable curricular content for educators and the development of a strategy for incorporating this information into the education of future cultural heritage professionals.

 

University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX
Congressional District: TX 21
Award Amount: $498,359; Matching Amount: $202,919
Category: Doctoral Programs

Contact: Dr. Diane Bailey
Assistant Professor
(512)471-3821; debailey@ischool.utexas.edu

Technological advances and demographic shifts are transforming the information landscape and much of the recent research in Library and Information Science (LIS) has been concerned with new information processes and tools. Research is needed on information institutions, particularly the emerging roles of librarians, and especially the skills and knowledge that LIS graduates will require to better meet the needs of future library users. The University of Texas at Austin, home of the only research group focused on studying information work, will educate six doctoral students who will study the emerging roles of information professionals and translate findings into teaching materials and scholarly publications.

 

Texas Woman's University - Denton, TX
Congressional District: TX 26
Award Amount: $469,999; Matching Amount: $273,037
Category: Master’s Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Maria Cahill
Assistant Professor
(940)898-2605; mcahill1@twu.edu

Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Studies, and its partners, the Texas Library Association, and the Dallas Public Library, will recruit and educate 18 librarians specializing in early literacy with cultural sensitivity and competencies to provide library services for communities with underrepresented populations. This project seeks to increase the pool of librarians who can work with the children of low-income populations to nurture the love of reading and the early literacy skills critical to lifelong success.

 

University of Houston - Clear Lake - Houston, TX
Congressional District: TX 22
Award Amount: $463,857; Matching Amount: $253,937
Category: Master’s Level Programs

Contact: Dr. Jane Claes
Assistant Professor
(281)283-3537; claesj@uhcl.edu

The University of Houston - Clear Lake's (UHCL) School Library and Information Science program will use its grant to recruit 15 teachers and educate them in a master’s program focused on emerging readers (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten). The project will increase the number of certified school librarians in Texas, particularly those who work with Hispanic populations; create a model program for educating school librarians in early childhood literacy through collaborations with the UHCL Early Childhood Program and field-based educational experiences; and establish professional development workshops and seminars for those already working in the field.