Thursday, May 13, 2010

Scholarship Opportunity for School & Public Youth Services Librarians

**Full-Tuition Scholarships Still Available!
Last Chance to Apply: June 15, 2010 (for Fall 2010 semester start)

SHARING SUCCESS! Educating Professional Leaders in School and Public Youth Services Librarianship
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is awarding a limited number of two-year FULL-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to outstanding and diverse students whoalready hold a master's degree, have a strong interest in YOUTH SERVICESLIBRARIANSHIP, and are admitted to the GSLIS Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program for Fall 2010.
(Deadline for application: June 15, 2010.)
GSLIS COURSES MAY BE TAKEN EITHER ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE via LEEP (the GSLISdistance education program).

Sharing Success will allow outstanding library practitioners to FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING related to youth services librarianship. In addition,the program will provide institutional support for these students to DEVELOPCONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS for other professionals. Through these activities, Sharing Success will help broaden the base of youth serviceslibrarians who can provide quality continuing education for their practitioner peers in school and public libraries and contribute to best practices andresearch in this field.
Students selected for Sharing Success will ideally represent diversepopulations. They will also have either significant experience in youth services or substantial experience in another area of librarianship and demonstrate a commitment to changing their career focus to the area of youth services.
The Sharing Success CAS is a 40-CREDIT HOUR DEGREE PROGRAM open to professionals who hold a master's degree in library and information scienceor a closely related field and desire to update their skills, gain greater specialization in their professional training, or redirect their careers from one area to another. Students complete 32-credit hours of coursework with the remaining 8-credit hours devoted to an independent final project. As part of their CAS work, Sharing Success students will complete a research project that relates to youth services and develop a continuing education workshop based on this research. They will present their research-in-progressor completed workshops to an audience of GSLIS students and faculty as well asto their target audience of youth services practitioners. During each of the two years that students receive tuition funding, Sharing Success students will also receive funding to support travel to professional conferences.Sharing Success is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Would you like to learn more? Up-to-date information about Sharing Success is available at http://sharingsuccess.lis.illinois.edu/
Application requirements and procedures are available at http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs/cas-ss

Please pass this information along to anyone who might be interested.
A PDF flyer is available for download at http://sharingsuccess.lis.illinois.edu/
Questions? E-mail: sharingsuccess@mail.lis.illinois.edu

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