July 2, 2012
Library Science School Receives Grant
The School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America has received a $498,741 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The library and information science school will use the grant to educate and support students in the Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration in its master’s degree program. This three-year project will educate students in the organization, management, and preservation of materials in 21st-century cultural heritage institutions.
Students in this concentration will be able to take practicums at institutions such as the Corcoran School of Art & Design, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian. Two faculty members, Youngok Choi (principal investigator) and Ingrid Hsieh-Yee (co-principal investigator), will lead the project during the grant period.
“This is a highly competitive award and a great testimony to the quality of SLIS’s programs in cultural heritage information management,” says L.R. Poos, interim dean of the School of Library and Information Science. “Our strengths in cultural heritage in turn will help to promote collaboration with other academic units at CUA and will form an important part of the school’s contribution to CUA’s mission.”
A total of 32 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants worth more than $10 million were awarded from an applicant pool of 106.
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; to conduct research on the library profession; and to support early career research, according to the IMLS website.