Libraries receive grant to help encourage library careers

Author: William G. Gilory


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the University Libraries of Notre Dame and four partner institutions aRecruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Centurygrant.p. The $194,000 grant will help introduce 42 diverse, college-bound graduating seniors from Northern Indiana high schools to the profession of academic librarianship through employment at Notre Dame and its partners as summer student assistants. The students will work in various units of the libraries and librarians will serve as mentors. Participating students will be drawn from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds and their career choices will be tracked for six years after the program.p. Laura Bayard, Library diversity advocate for University libraries, will serve as principal investigator for the grant. The partner institutions are the Notre Dame Law School Library, Holy Cross College Library, the Indiana University South Bend Library and the Valparaiso University Library.p. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities.p. Contact: Laura Bayard, diversity advocate for Universities Libraries, 574-631-8570, . p.

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