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Original Closing Date for Applications:
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The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) invests in the nation’s information infrastructure by funding projects designed to 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.
In 2013, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and archivists, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and archivists. This grant program is especially interested in developing information professionals who can help manage the burgeoning data generated by the nation’s researchers, serve as stewards of the nation’s cultural legacy, and meet the information needs of the underserved. The program also seeks to help librarians develop the information and digital literacy of their communities, as well as other critical skills their users will need to be successful in the 21st century.
This program addresses the field’s need to advance the work of new faculty in library and information science by supporting an early career development program for untenured, tenure-track faculty. Research conducted under the early careers program should be in the faculty member’s particular research area and is not restricted to research on the profession.
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Additional Information on Eligibility:
To be eligible for a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant, you must be either a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code and be located in one of the 50 states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
In addition, you must be one of the following six types of organizations:
1. A library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a state agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include the following:
◦public elementary and secondary school libraries
◦college and university libraries
◦research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available (Research libraries must be under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian and must be either generally recognized as possessing unique scholarly research materials and services that are made available to the public, or able to demonstrate that such is the case when submitting an application to IMLS.)
◦private or special libraries that have been deemed eligible to participate in this program by the state in which the library is located
2. An academic or administrative unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science that is part of an institution of higher education through which it would make application (See below for additional conditions of eligibility that might apply to such applicants.)
3. A digital library, if it makes library materials publicly available and provides library services, including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation, under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian
4. A library agency that is an official agency of a state or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction
5. A library consortium that is a local, statewide, regional, interstate, or international cooperative association of library entities that provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources of eligible libraries, as defined above, and information centers that work to improve the services delivered to the clientele of these libraries
6. A library association that exists on a permanent basis; serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, state, or local level; and engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession
We recognize the potential for valuable contributions to the overall goals of the LB21program by entities that do not meet the eligibility requirements above. Although such entities may not serve as the official applicants, they are encouraged to participate in projects as partners. Federally operated libraries and museums may not apply for LB21 grants, but they may serve as nonessential partners to applicants. Contact us before submitting a proposal involving a federal agency or federal collection. Other nonfederal entities may serve as partners and may receive IMLS grant funds as a result of the project. Consult with us about any eligibility questions before submitting an application.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The primary goal of this grant program is to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the library and archives workforce to meet the information needs of the nation. Five project categories of grants are featured in FY 2013. The goals of each LB21 project category are described here. Your application should designate one of these project categories. The same proposal may not be submitted to IMLS under more than one. 1. Doctoral Programs •Develop faculty to educate the next generation of library and archives professionals. In particular, increase the number of students enrolled in doctoral programs that will prepare faculty to teach master’s students who will work in school, public, academic, research, and special libraries and archives.•Develop the next generation of library and archives leaders to assume positions as managers and administrators. 2. Master’s Programs •Educate the next generation of librarians and archivists in nationally accredited graduate library programs to meet the evolving needs of the profession and society. 3. Early Career Development •Support the early career development of new faculty members in library and information science by supporting innovative research by untenured, tenure-track faculty. (Proposed research should be in the investigator’s own field of inquiry and need not relate to library education or librarianship as a career. For more information on the early career development program, contact Kevin Cherry (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202/653-4662 ) or Mary Alice Ball (email@example.com or 202/653-4730 ), and see Special Conditions of Eligibility for Institutions of Higher Education. See also the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the IMLS Early Career Development Program on the IMLS Web site at www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/L21_early_career_development.pdf.) 4. Programs to Build Institutional Capacity •Develop or enhance curricula within graduate schools of library and information science to better meet the needs of cultural heritage and information professionals. For example: ◦Develop or enhance courses or programs of study in all aspects of digital curation (creation, authentication, archiving, preservation, retrieval, and representation of high-quality data for use and reuse over time).◦Broaden the library and information science curriculum by incorporating perspectives from other disciplines and fields of scholarship.◦Develop or enhance programs of study that address knowledge, skills, abilities, and issues of common interest to libraries, museums, archives, and data repositories. (See report of the Cultural Heritage Information Professionals Workshop at http://chips.ci.fsu.edu.)•Develop projects or programs of study to increase the abilities of future library and archives professionals in developing the 21st century skills of their users, including information and digital literacy skills. (See Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills.) Only eligible (see Section 2.Eligibility) graduate programs in Library and Information Science or School Library Media may apply to this category. 5. Continuing Education •· Improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of library and archives staff through programs of continuing education, both formal and informal, including post-master’s programs such as certificates of advanced study, residencies, enhanced work experiences, and other training programs for professional staff. We encourage programs that promote collaboration, especially among library, archives, and museum professionals, and among educators, researchers, and librarians employed in educational institutions. Any topic in the field of library, archival, and information science may be addressed. The following needs have been identified in particular: ◦programs that aid libraries in developing and improving services to audiences with special needs, such as children and youth at risk; seniors; and those with language, physical, or other barriers to service◦programs that aid libraries in developing information and digital literacy skills of users◦programs in digitization or any aspect of digital curation/stewardship◦programs in conservation science and practice◦programs to enhance the ability of librarians and archivists to cultivate the 21st century skills of their users (See Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills.) Regardless of the project category you choose, you must also decide which of the following funding categories you want to apply for. As with the project categories, your application must designate one of these funding categories. The same proposal may not be submitted to IMLS under more than one. 1. Project Grants Amount of grant: $50,000 to $500,000. Grant period: Up to three years or four years for doctoral projects Cost sharing: Standard cost sharing rules apply 2. Collaborative Planning Grants Amount of grant: Up to $50,000. Grant period: Up to one year. Cost sharing: Not required; cost sharing of at least one third is encouraged. Collaborative Planning Grants support activities required to fully develop ideas for a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Project Grant among partners and should result in such products as formal needs assessments; studies of curricula (for both formal degree and continuing education programs); internship and mentoring plans; and research-based recruitment strategies, which could lead to a single, subsequent Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant proposal. Applications for a Collaborative Planning Grant are expected to have a basic framework (concept, team work plan, intended results) for a project that has the potential to meet the goals of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Collaborative Planning Grants can support a variety of activities, including partnership meetings, needs assessments, literature searches, feasibility investigation, project formation, and other planning efforts. Funds may support the full range of planning components, including salaries, consultant fees, travel, meeting costs, services, and materials and supplies. For Collaborative Planning Grants, you must follow the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program application instructions, but are not required to address the Communication or Sustainability evaluation criteria. Applicants are required to have at least one formal partner. All partners must complete the Partnership Statement form and be listed in section five of the Program Information Sheet. 3. National Forum Planning Grants Amount of grant: Up to $100,000. Grant period: Up to one year. Cost sharing: Not required; cost sharing of at least one third is encouraged. National Forum Planning Grants support workshops, symposia, or other convenings of experts with the purpose of fostering discussion and consideration of nationally important professional development and education-related issues to libraries and archives. Grant-supported meetings are expected to actively engage their intended communities and produce white papers (and potentially other publications, print or digital) to be broadly disseminated. The white paper is required to identify the national challenges and opportunities discussed at the meeting and to outline recommendations for future actions, community priorities, and/or potential research agendas. The white paper must be in a publicly releasable form and not contain any personal or proprietary information. Following consultation with IMLS the white paper should be disseminated broadly. Meetings and their associated white papers should catalyze new directions for partnerships and provide information and inspiration for multiple Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant proposals. Funds may support the full range of planning components including salaries, consultant fees, travel, meeting costs, services, supplies, and the costs of development and communication of the final report. For National Forum Planning Grants, you must follow the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program application instructions, but are not required to address the Sustainability evaluation criteria. You are required to designate the appropriate funding category and project category on your Program Information Sheet. Applicants are required to have at least one formal partner. All partners must complete the Partnership Statement form and be listed in section five of the Program Information Sheet. The awarding of a Collaborative Planning or National Forum Planning Grant neither guarantees nor implies future funding. Indirect costs cannot be applied to a Collaborative Planning or National Forum Planning Grant. In all project and funding categories, if your application has a recruitment component, you should address ways to 1.bring to the profession skills required to enhance library and/or archives services; and2.broaden participation in the library profession, including but not limited to members of traditionally underserved groups and communities We encourage proposals that seek to increase the ability of librarians to provide programs and services relating to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across all categories.
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