Study for an MLIS with a scholarship for students from underserved communities of diverse backgrounds

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is proud to announce a scholarship opportunity available to prospective MLIS students. The Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars Program is a joint effort between the University Libraries and the LIS Department at UNCG. The goal of the program is to increase the number of culturally diverse librarians in academic libraries in the U.S .   With support from a second grant ( $889,401 ) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, the ACE Scholarship will cover educational expenses for fifteen students in the two-year MLIS program beginning Fall 2011.

Please share this excellent scholarship and educational opportunity with potential MLIS students of diverse backgrounds, who have an acute understanding of the information barriers facing underserved communities and a commitment to working to remove them. For more information on this scholarship, and how to apply, go to:

Contact Information

For ACE Scholars Program application: Dr. Lee Shiflett
E-mail: , phone 336.256.1313.

For ACE Scholars Program general information: Dr. Sha Li Zhang
E-mail: , phone: 336.334.4705


2008 Rare Book School scholarship application posted; fall/winter courses

The 2008 Rare Book School scholarship application is now available online.  Applications will be accepted until 5pm, 1 September 2008. The RBS Scholarship Committee chair will notify scholarship applicants of its decision via email on 6 October 2008.

The usual rules apply: students apply for a scholarship generally, rather than for any particular RBS course. Successful applicants in the fall 2008 competition may then use their scholarships for any RBS course offered in 2009 or 2010 to which they are subsequently admitted.

See for further information about RBS scholarships, and a description of the application procedures.

The current Scholarship Committee comprises:

Melissa Mead (Digital and Visual Resources Librarian, University of Rochester) chair, through 2009; Nathaniel Adams (formerly Assistant Director for Programs, RBS) through 2008; Vic Zoschak (Tavistock Books, Alameda, CA) through 2009; Libby Chenault (Librarian, Rare Book Collection, University of North Carolina) through 2010; and Ryan L. Roth (Program Director, RBS) through 2011.

[Fall/winter RBS courses]

RBS will offer 6 courses in the fall and winter of 2008/9:

20-24 October in Washington, DC
(I-90) The Art of the Book in Edo and Meiji Japan, 1615-1912 (a new course), taught by Ellis Tinios

20-24 October in NYC
(M-50) Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts, taught by Roger S. Wieck

3-7 November in Baltimore
(M-20)  Introduction to Western Codicology, taught by Albert Derolez
(I-20)  Book Illustration Processes to 1900, taught by Terry Belanger

5-9 January 2009 in Baltimore
(H-25) C15 Books in Print and Manuscript, taught by Paul Needham & William Noel
(B-50) Seminar in the History of Bookbinding, taught by Jan Storm van Leeuwen

Note:  This year, RBS will NOT be offering courses in January in New York City.

The application form for our October/November 2008 courses is available on our website here:

The January application form is forthcoming; stay tuned to our website for more details.

ARL Career Enhancement Program Applications Available–Deadline Oct. 1, ’08

Washington DC–Applications are now available for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program (formerly announced as the ARL Minority Fellowship Program). Master’s of library science (MLS) students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours by December 31, 2008, in an ALA-accredited MLS program are encouraged to apply for this enriching program experience.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has four main components:

  • Six- to Twelve-Week Fellowship Experience: Each fellow will have the opportunity to work in a research library to gain both educational and professional experience while earning an MLS. Fellows will be assembled in groups of two or three to create a fellowship cohort at each host institution.
  • Mentoring Relationship: A professional librarian will mentor each fellow during the fellowship. The mentoring relationship will be different from the supervisory relationship and will provide the fellows with professional guidance and resource sharing.
  • Leadership Development: The fellows will participate in the ARL Leadership Institute, hosted in January in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the institute, the fellows will have an opportunity to explore macro-level issues facing research libraries and discuss transitioning into a research library upon graduation. The fellows will have an opportunity to connect with other ARL fellows, library leaders, and other MLS students who attend the annual Leadership Institute.
  • Career Placement: ARL staff will work with each fellow to network and connect with ARL member libraries to facilitate the job search process.

Qualifications for Participating

Eligible applicants for the fellowship must:

  • be accepted in an ALA-accredited graduate library school program;
  • be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau; and
  • have completed a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science by December 31, 2008.

Selection and Institutional Match

The ARL Career Enhancement Program uses a unique process for selecting and matching fellows with host institutions. Each host institution has committed to have one designated staff member serve on the Coordinating Committee. The committee will read the entire application pool; select acceptable fellows; and then enter into dialogue about experience, professional fit (fellows’ goals and desired experience), and creating a diverse group of students. The committee will then work together to create the best placement for each fellow.

The fellowship host institutions are:

  • University at Albany, State University of New York
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Columbia University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • National Library of Medicine
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Washington


Applications are being accepted until October 1, 2008, and should be submitted online. More information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions can be found at If you need additional information, please contact Jerome Offord Jr., Director of ARL Diversity Initiatives,

Scholarships available to attend the Reference Renaissance Conference in August!

Are you a RUSA member? RUSA has 2 travel scholarships available! Apply at by June 20th

Are you from Colorado? The Colorado Library Consortium is offering 4 individuals free registration! Apply at by June 2nd @ 5pm

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Check out to register, check out program details, schedule, and more!