Library Sciences scholarship programs

The below is quoted in entirety from an email circulated by Jane Barnwell, Director of Library and Information Literacy Initiatives at Pacific Resources in Education and Learning (PREL):
  1. LIS Scholarship Application
    This is a great opportunity for funding.  The LIS Scholarship application is also open.  Applications must be submitted by April 1 for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 awards.  The application is located at:
  1. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications
    Deadline June 1, 2011
    For more information, contact:
     Mark A. Puente
     Association of Research Libraries
     202-296-2296 (
    Washington DC--The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is  accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce  (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information  science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and  racial minority groups into careers in research libraries. The IRDW  includes a stipend up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career  development training, financial support for skills development, and a  formal mentorship program.

    Program Goal and Objectives

    * Attracting MLIS students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries, especially students with educational backgrounds (preferably a baccalaureate degree) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines + * Strengthening participants leadership and job searching skills via a Leadership Symposium held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
    * Developing a network of mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants
    + Candidates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Those without academic training in STEM disciplines will be required to complete coursework that will better prepare the candidate to work in  one of the designated areas.

    Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

    * Member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Note: Racial and ethnic identification is based on the categories outlined by the US Census and include: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or
    African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.)
    * Acceptance into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
    * Interest in pursuing a career in a research library

    All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011:

    * Applicant summary sheet
    * Resume
    * A 400-word (maximum) essay describing what attracts you to a career in a research library
    * Two letters of reference
    * Official undergraduate and graduate school transc-ripts including your last academic semester completed
    * Copy of an official letter of acceptance from an ALA-accredited
    library/information school

    The application form is online at
    For more information about the program, see the IRDW Web site:


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