Thursday, October 23, 2008

2009 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

2009 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

An eligible applicant must be:
• either a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has taxexempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;
• located in one of the fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the 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; and
• one of the six types of organizations listed below:
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 public libraries, 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, and 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.
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.

In 2009, 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, to conduct research, to attract high school and college students to consider careers in libraries, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

This program addresses the field’s need to conduct research on the library and information science profession, and also 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.
We invite all members of the library community to play an active role in ensuring that the profession is prepared to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century by recruiting a new generation of faculty and librarians, preparing library leaders, and strengthening our schools of library and information science.

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Maximum Award: $500,000-$1 million

Number Of Awards: Multiple

Period: July 1, 2009, and no later than December 1, 2009

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Staff

Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4662
Charles (Chuck) Thomas, Senior Program
Phone: 202/653-4663
Karmen Bisher, Program Specialist
Phone: 202/653-4664

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