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2003 IMLS RECRUITING AND EDUCATING LIBRARIANS
FOR THE 21ST CENTURY INITIATIVE
Scholarship opportunity for 28 students who will begin the master's program in Library and Information Science at USF in Summer 2004 and complete the program no later than Summer 2006 (requires enrollment in at least two classes per semester).
To read more about the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) grant awards, press here.
Program Director: Dr. Cora P. Dunkley
The predicted shortage of library and information professionals is an area of concern both for library educators and for human resources professionals in libraries and other organizations who seek to recruit from the pool of recent graduates of library/information science graduate programs. As competition increases for qualified personnel, communities which have been historically underserved – minority communities, low income communities and immigrant populations–will suffer even greater disadvantages.
Graduate programs in library education have the possibility of making a positive impact by addressing this national issue through expansion of existing programs through distance education and through outreach to potential students who have a commitment to serve in underserved communities. Success in these areas will also serve in a positive way to diminish the Digital Divide. Ongoing research shows that minority communities and low income families are still affected disproportionately by lack of access to electronic sources of information.
The program proposed by the School of Library and Information Science and its partners, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network) and MDPLS (Miami-Dade Public Library System) seeks to address these national issues as they are reflected in the most populous area of Florida, the southeast part of the state. The selection of southeast Florida is appropriate not only because of the density of the population but because of the diversity of the population which is over 20% African American in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and 57% Hispanic in Miami-Dade county. The need for new library/information professionals in this part of the state is made more difficult due to the fact that there is no site-based library education program in southeast Florida although both Florida State University and the University of South Florida offer statewide distance education programs. ELSUN proposes to offer an enhanced distance education program for southeast Florida through the development of a program
IMPORTANT: Deadline March 1, 2004 to submit all materials required for acceptance to the master's program in Library and Information Science and to submit required materials for consideration for the ELSUN Scholarship Program.
apply for a scholarship through the ELSUN Program that will pay full
tuition for required courses taken
for completion of the master's degree program of the School of
and Information Science, University of South Florida, prospective
must do the following:
Additionally, the following items should be sent directly to Dr. Cora P. Dunkley, director of the ELSUN Program at the USF School of Library and Information Science.
NOTE: Students who are awarded a scholarship through the IMLS/ELSUN program will be required to sign a service expectation agreement. A copy is included in the scholarship application.
Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on academic achievement and academic potential as well as projected success as a library/information professional with a commitment to serve the underserved as evidenced in the statement of purpose, résumé, and letters of recommendation.
|For inquiries regarding admission to the
master's program please contact
Mel Pace, Associate DirectorFor inquiries regarding the ELSUN scholarship application please contact
Sonia Ramírez Wohlmuth, Assistant Director