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UNCG wins federal grant to recruit, train culturally diverse librarians

A federal grant of almost $450,000 will support UNCG’s Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program as it continues to recruit and train culturally diverse librarians.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will provide $442,063 to support the Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars: New Americans for Community College Librarianship. ACE Scholars is designed to increase cultural diversity in UNCG’s program and in the library and information field as a whole.

Principal investigator Dr. Nora Bird, assistant professor of library and information studies, and co-principal investigator Michael Crumpton, assistant dean of UNCG University Libraries, say increasing diversity in the field is essential to keep up with the changing face of America and the Triad. This award marks the third IMLS grant to fund ACE Scholars. The first grant of $862,000 supported the training of 14 ACE Scholars who completed their MLIS in spring 2011. The second grant of $889,401 supports 20 ACE Scholars, the majority who are expected to complete their MLIS this spring.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines