KNOWLEDGE RIVER, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona awarded FY 14 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the 23 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) grants totaling $7,437,595
given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Recipients are matching these awards with $3,614,714 in non-federal funds.
Librarians and staff from all types of libraries, from school media centers to rare book collections to archives, need to be prepared to meet the changing informational and educational needs of their customers and constituents
said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth
. "The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program helps them meet those needs with projects for continuing education, training, professional development, and early career research.”
The number of Latinos and Native Americans represented in library and information science professions is growing but remains extremely low. The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science Knowledge River Program
will address this inequity in its Connected Learning in Digital Heritage Curation project, which focuses on archives and special collections, medical librarianship, and public librarianship. The project will educate 24 culturally competent master’s degree students to serve Latino and Native American communities in the digital world. Students will gain hands-on experience working as graduate assistants with project partners: the University of Arizona Libraries, Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Health Sciences Library, Pima County Public Library, Arizona Historical Society, Arizona State Museum, Labriola National American Indian Data Center, American Indian Film Gallery, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
is an educational experience within the School of information Resources and Library Science that focuses on educating information professionals who have experience with and are committed to Latino and Native American populations. Knowledge River also fosters understanding of library and information issues from the perspectives of Latino and Native Americans and advocates for culturally sensitive library and information services to these communities. Since its inception, Knowledge River has become the foremost graduate program for training librarians and information specialists with a focus on Latino and Native American cultural issues. To date, over 155 scholars have graduated from this program. Knowledge River remains committee to serving the information needs of the Latino and Native American populations.