21st Century Librarian Scholarships Now Available

The Nebraska Library Commission announces today the launch of its 21st Century Librarian Scholarship program (http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/NowHiring/Scholarships.asp). Legal residents of the state of Nebraska are eligible to apply. There will be three application cycles in 2011. In the first cycle, online applications are due June 1, transcripts (as required) are due May 23, and letters of recommendation, if mailed, are due May 23. The amount of the scholarship award varies by the degree or certificate the applicant is pursuing and the applicant's course plan.

Scholarships may be used for tuition (for coursework contributing toward a certificate or degree), course-required materials, and school-assessed fees at the following levels:

Library and Information Science (LIS, formerly LTA) Professional Certificate
Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Science (LIS, formerly LTA)
Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media
Master of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS)
Master of Arts or Science degree in Education (MEd) with a School Library Media endorsement
Graduate-level (MEd) Library Media Endorsement

Scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply for stipends for such things as laptop computers, professional association dues, and regional or national conference attendance.

This dynamic program includes enhanced learning opportunities such as the 21st Century Skills Seminar, webinars, face-to-face training, and online social networking.

The scholarships, stipends, and value-added training are offered through the Nebraska Library Commission's Cultivating Rural Librarians' 21st Century Skills program, which is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. For more information, contact Kathryn Brockmeier, Grant Program Manager, by e-mail, or by phone 402-471-4002 or 800-307-2665.

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