Indiana Youth Summit Scholarships

Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology and Indiana Freedom Trails invite students in grades 7-12 to participate in the Indiana Preservation Youth Summit.  Selected students travel to southern Indiana October 4-6, 2013, visiting Underground Railroad sites in New Albany, Jeffersonville and Madison while meeting with Underground Railroad experts, community leaders, and tourism and museum staff.

Students advise local communities on ways to engage youth in the study of preservation of local history and landmarks using Indiana’s Underground Railroad sites as the platform. Selected students also share their experiences during a town hall meeting October 31 at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Indianapolis.

Participants selected through a competitive application process receive a full scholarship for transportation, meals, lodging and materials.  Four educators will also receive full scholarships.

Please share the attached flyer with students or go to  Application deadline is September 9.

Maryland’s iSchool Receives IMLS Grant to Fund E-Government Scholarship Program

The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, and the American Library Association Office of Government Relations have been awarded a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The grant award of $499,977 with a matching amount of $68,056 will fund 15 scholarships for master of library science (MLS) students with a specialization in e-government. This unique, cohort-based program prepares students for careers in librarianship and other information sciences as specialists in digital government information and e-government services. Students will begin the program in the fall of 2013 and graduate in the summer of 2015.

This grant-funded program strengthens the successful iSchool e-government MLS specialization that was funded by a previous IMLS-awarded Digital Government Librarian Scholarship grant. The program is set to graduate its first cohort in July 2012. John Carlo Bertot, co-director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and director of the MLS program at the University of Maryland, said, “As governments continue the migration of their information and services to online formats, there is an increased need for librarians who understand the often complex government information networks and can help users satisfy their e-government needs.”

“Many members of the public face significant challenges to accessing and using e-government, due to limited technology access, limited digital literacy, or barriers within the design of e-government,” added iPAC co-director and e-government specialization coordinator Paul Jaeger. “Students who graduate from this program will be prepared to teach patrons how to overcome such challenges and become active users of e-government.”

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) invests in the nation’s information infrastructure by funding projects that foster the development of a new generation of faculty, librarians and archivists preparing library leaders, and strengthening schools of library and information science. LB21 grants assist the library profession in preparing to meet the challenges of the 21st century by supporting programs that 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.

More information can found at

ALA Scholarship

A new scholarship opportunity is available to American Indians and Alaska Natives who want to earn a fully online ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. The Circle of Learning program is offered through a partnership between the San Jose School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA), and is made possible by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Current SLIS students as well as prospective students who plan to apply for admission to the School’s MLIS program for the Fall 2011 semester are eligible for Circle of Learning scholarships.

Please note that Circle of Learning students need to be admitted to the School’s MLIS program before being considered for scholarship funding. Applications are being accepted now through March 31, 2011 for admission to San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science for Fall 2011. Fall classes begin August 24, 2011.

For more information about how to apply to the School’s fully online MLIS program, please visit:

Students interested in applying for Circle of Learning scholarships should take note of upcoming scholarship application deadlines. The Fall 2011 deadline to apply for Circle of Learning scholarships is March 25, 2011.

Details regarding eligibility and application materials are available on the project website at We also invite you to contact Heather Devine, the Circle of Learning Project Manager, at Heather would be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have regarding this scholarship opportunity.

To learn more about the American Indian Library Association and its initiatives to improve library and information services for American Indians, visit

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Tuesday Tidbits

I’ve been collecting stuff while collecting time to reflect and repose. I don’t know, too much snow? too much school? Not enough vitamin D? I just need to step back, reflect and. . . chillax for a minute. Still, though I’m still getting stuff I really need to pass along to readers!

JoAnn Hernandez was gracious enough to share this link to a library scholarship from REFORMA. It’s due on 15 March!!

Lee and Low has acquired Tu Publishing! This fantastic pairing will extend the collection at Lee and Low to older readers and help diversify sci fi and fantasy offerings for PoC!

There are a couple of wonderful book conferences coming up: International Reading Association Annual Conference and the Virginia Hamilton. The IRA is a bit much for my pockets these days, but I may be at the Virginia Hamilton. You?

Forest Hill Publishing is launching a book of stories from transplant survivors and donors of color.  We are well aware that people of color represent a disproportionately high number of patients who need organ transplants—and die because they did not receive them—and a disproportionately low number of people who serve as organ and tissue donors.  Our hope is that our book will inspire many more people of color to become donors and save lives.

Do observe Women’s History month!. Why? Celebrate for the woman you are or for the women in your life. I like how Monique said it when she thanked Hattie McDaniel “for enduring what she had to so that I would not have to.”  Observe Women’s history month to thank, learn about, remember all those who fought the fight for us. Whether we’re male or female, we’re all made better when women, when any part of society, is no longer oppressed.

  • If you’re a librarian: Pull out the women’s biographies. Weed the old stuff! Notice what you don’t have and order some new biographies for your patrons. I did this last week and am always dismayed at how few women’s biographies there are.
  • If you’re a parent: donate a women’s biography to your child’s school’s library. Take your child to the library to find a good biography to read. Go to the 323.oo in the Deweys and help them find a social history on women around the world.
  • If you’re a library patron: Visit your library and see what biographies they have. Are they missing Monique’s Skinny Women Are Evil or a biography of Hattie McDaniel? Suggest they buy it!

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