July 27, 2012 – The Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The next pre-application web conference, hosted by the agency, is schedule for August 14. These web conferences provide an opportunity to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. The application deadline for the grant program is September 24, 2012.
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program invests in the nation’s information infrastructure by funding projects designed to address the education and training needs of the professionals who help build, maintain, and provide public access to the world’s wide-ranging information systems and sources. In 2013, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and archivists, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and archivists. This grant program is especially interested in developing information professionals who can help manage the burgeoning data generated by the nation’s researchers, serve as stewards of the nation’s cultural legacy, and meet the information needs of the underserved. The program also seeks to help librarians develop the information and digital literacy of their communities, as well as other critical skills their users will need to be successful in the 21st century. This program addresses the field’s need to advance the work of new faculty in library and information science by supporting an early career development program for untenured, tenure-track faculty.
Additional information is available on the IMLS website.
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]