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ALA Scholarships

The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master’s degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year. The application and instructions are available on-line at www.ala.org/scholarships. The application deadline is March 8, 2011.

There are many types of scholarships available for the study of librarianship. These include scholarships for students who are interested in children’s librarianship, youth librarianship, federal librarianship, new media and library automation. In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and for people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a masters program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA. Applicants interested in school librarianship must attend a program that meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Complete guidelines and instructions are available on the website.

The scholarship process is open annually from October through March. For more information, visit www.ala.org/scholarships or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.

Need additional financial assistance? The 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies. The directory is available online at www.ala.org/falis. (Copied from Washington State Library’s October 28, 2010 Update e-newsletter)

Internship/portfolio/resume alert!

ARLIS, the Alaska Resources Library & Information Services, has been offered some short-term funding to hire students this summer.

If you (or anyone you know) would like some paid work experience in a library between now and September 30, and you are 16 or older, enrolled as a student at least 1/2 time for fall 2010, and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, please contact Leslie Champeny at 786-7663 or email your resume to leslie@arlis.org by this Friday, June 18.

Librarians Going GaGa

Maybe you all have seen this before, but maybe not.

Some UW MLIS students and iSchool faculty doing a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”.


Library Student Journal

I’m not sure why I didn’t know about Library Student Journal before last week -  produced by and for library students and practitioners!  At this point it is only published once a year but since it is an open access journal all articles (since 2006) are available on the website. Also, it looks like a recruitment is currently under way for the editorial staff. Any interested contributors to the journal can check out the various position descriptions on the LSJ Editor’s Blog.

Let’s meet up again

The FLIP meeting planning has fallen by the wayside since about March (guilty as charged!) but many folks seem to be interested in starting up again.  How about sometime in July?  For now, pencil in Noon on Friday, July 16 at the Consortium Library. Feel free to comment if you want to suggest a different time/date/place.  Or propose ideas for discussion topics please!

Slow Down: Making the Most of Library School

Thought this might be of interest based on several recent conversations I’ve had:


Public radio podcast about library use

Just heard this today.



E-Library Economics

Another link to an article from a professor in my MLIS program from Inside HigherEd.


It expands on the Kindle article posted earlier and discusses the economics of print and digital library collections along with the challenges faced in making the conversion to digital.

Superheroes in the stacks?

I was just reading the reviews for a new book that might make a good choice for the next book club selection:

This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
by Marilyn Johnson

And just a reminder: We will be discussing our first book selection – “Everything is Miscellaneous” – at the next FLIP meeting on February 19.

How to build a library

Kato Ha’unga, a UAA student here in Anchorage, is in the process of saving books for a new library in Tonga.

Here is her story: UAA student helps Tonga gain a library (from the Anchorage Daily News).