Applications Due May 25 for Graduate Library Science Fellowship

Program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services aims to increase diversity, improve services of region's libraries.

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IE LEADS fellowships are intended to diversify the library profession.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Applications for fellowships up to $10,000 annually are available for Inland Empire and Los Angeles County non-credentialed library staff, as well as graduating seniors and graduate students from area colleges and universities who are interested in pursuing an MLIS degree.

The deadline to submit application packets is May 25 at 5 p.m. Application packets are available on the Inland Empire LEADS (Librarians Educated to Advance Diversity and Service) website.

Although IE LEADS partner and affiliate institutions receive priority, staff from other Inland Empire and Los Angeles County libraries, and graduating seniors or graduate students at institutions in those two regions who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program, are also encouraged to apply.

The UCR Libraries received a $974,259 grant in 2010 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to recruit and educate librarians to advance diversity and service in the Inland Empire. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant is designed to diversify the library profession and strengthen library services to communities with diverse language, cultural, economic and social needs.

Grant funds will support up to 25 students and will help eligible non-credentialed library staff and students to realize their educational and career goals, said Patricia Smith-Hunt, head of Preservation Services for UCR Libraries and project director for Inland Empire LEADS.

Fellowships support tuition costs and the purchase of course materials, one paid internship, mentoring, and a generous stipend for program participants to attend professional conferences while working toward their MLIS degree. Fellowships will be awarded for full- or part-time study up to one academic year. Students must renew their fellowships each year.

All applicants must be either currently enrolled or have been accepted into an American Library Association-accredited master’s program in library and information science and be employed either full- or part-time at one of the Inland Empire LEADS partner, affiliate or regional libraries, or be graduate students or graduating seniors at one of the partner, affiliate or regional institutions.

Partner institutions with UCR Libraries are: the San Bernardino Valley College Library, San Bernardino Public Library, San Bernardino County Library, Riverside Public Library, Riverside County Law Library, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, University of Redlands-Armacost Library, San Bernardino County Law Library, Moreno Valley College Library, Moreno Valley Public Library, and UCLA Department of Information Studies.

Six affiliate institutions were added last year: Del E. Webb Memorial Library at Loma Linda University, Ontario City Library, Banning Library District, Riverside County Library System, Beaumont Library District, and Chaffey College Library.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

For more information contact Patricia Smith-Hunt, head of Preservation Services for UCR Libraries and project director for Inland Empire LEADS, at or (951) 827-7702.

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