This summer, St. John’s University received nearly $1 million in funding from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to recruit and educate 40 master of library science (MLS) students interested in careers in special libraries such as those found in the corporate, legal, and media worlds. This generous grant was one of 31 awards given to institutions nationwide as part of a $20.3 million initiative of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. St. John University’s partners in this initiative are the Metropolitan New York Library Council and the Law Library Association of Greater New York.
St. John’s University will use the grant for Master’s Level programs offered at its Manhattan Campus, with a focus on individuals who will provide service to organizations that support underserved populations. The concentration of the programming will center on special librarians who provide expert, in-depth information support in dynamic, deadline-dominated, competitive environments. Applicants will be screened and the first 20 scholarship recipients will begin the core curriculum in January of 2009. The remaining 20 awardees will start classes in July of 2009.
All program participants will receive memberships in METRO’s individual membership program, myMETRO. Participants will also have access to career training opportunities and other resources available through METRO’s professional development program.
Find out more about this and other initiatives at the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University.