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Posted 07.18.06


First Lady Names School of Information Science and Learning Technologies as Training Grant Recipient

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Ask the librarian, if you can find one. The University of Missouri-Columbia recently received $615,000 to make finding a librarian a little easier. Mizzou received one of 35 federal grants awarded to universities, libraries and organizations across the nation to recruit and educate librarians in the face of a shortage.

First Lady Laura Bush, a former school librarian, announced the $20 million in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS). MU was the sole recipient in the state of Missouri.

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"This is a wonderful opportunity to have a long-range impact on library services to colleges, universities and communities nationwide," said John Budd, professor of information science and learning technology in the College of Education. "Our goal is to influence the profession of librarianship as a whole with this support from IMLS."

MU's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies will use the grant to recruit and educate nine library doctoral students as part of the "Educating Doctoral Students to Prepare the Next Generation of Public and Academic Librarians" project.

"The goal of the project is to prepare students to join faculties and to educate others in library and information science, particularly in public and academic library environments," Budd said.



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