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Goals of Library and Information Studies Graduate School

Students who study library science and information science complete a master's of library science (M.L.S., M.A., M.S., M.S.L.S., or M.S.L.I.S.). Students study ways to locate, catalog, organize, preserve, and distribute information in various forms--such as books, music, art, maps, periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, databases, and the huge array of new digital media being developed every day. The American Library Association Web site includes information about career options, salary ranges, and graduate programs throughout the U.S. The University of South Carolina at Columbia, for instance, has a vibrant program in Library and Information Science.

Library Specialties

  • Academic Librarian
  • Architecture Library Specialist
  • Armed Forces Librarian
  • Art Librarian
  • Bibliographer
  • Business Librarian
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Children's Librarian
  • Community Outreach Librarian
  • Consumer Health Librarian
  • Corporate Librarian
  • Cybrarian
  • Database Management Librarian
  • Digital History Librarian
  • Distance Education Librarian
  • Emergent Technologies Trainer
  • Genealogy Librarian
  • Government Information Librarian
  • Hospital Librarian
  • Indexer
  • Information Literacy Librarian
  • Information Technology Librarian
  • Instructional Design Librarian
  • Interlibrary Loan Librarian
  • Law Librarian
  • Library Director
  • Map Librarian
  • Media and Technology Director
  • Medical Librarian
  • Museum Library Director
  • Music Librarian
  • Prison Librarian
  • Professor of Library Science
  • Rare Books Librarian
  • Reference Librarian
  • Science Librarian
  • Serials Librarian
  • Theological/Religious Studies Librarian
  • University Librarian
  • Virtual Library Reference Librarian
  • Web Site and Virtual Library Coordinator
  • Zoo Librarian

Scholarships for Library Science and Information Science

American Library Association Scholarships (http://www.ala.org)

  • Marshall Cavendish Scholarship ($3,000)
    David H. Clift Scholarship ($3,000)
    Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship ($5,000)
    Requirements: U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, attend ALA accredited Master's Program no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded. Deadline: March 1st annually.
  • Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship ($3,000)
    Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship ($3,000)
    Tony B. Leisner Scholarship ($3,000)
    Requirements: Open to library support staff currently working in a library, U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, Attend ALA accredited Master's Program, No more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded. Deadline: March 1st annually.
  • Mary V. Gaver Scholarship ($3,000)
    Requirements: Must specialize in the field of library youth services, U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, attend ALA accredited Master's Program, no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded. Deadline: March 1st annually.
  • ALA Doctoral Scholarship ($1500 and a plaque donated by Thomson Scientific)
    Requirements: Be an active doctoral student in the academic librarianship area in a degree-granting institution, have completed all coursework, have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution. Deadline: December annually.
  • ALA Spectrum Scholarship ($5,000 annually)
    Requirements: Must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents of a minority group with no more than 12 credit hours completed toward degree.

Association for Library Services to Children Scholarships (http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/alsc.htm)

  • The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship (Two $6,000 awards)
    Requirements: For men and women who intend to pursue an MLS degree and who plan to work in children's librarianship. Deadline: March 1st annually
  • The Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship (Four $6,500 awards)
    Requirements: For men and women who intend to pursue an MLS degree and who plan to work in children's librarianship. Deadline: March 1st annually

American Association of School Librarians Scholarships (http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslindex.htm)

  • AASL School Librarian's Workshop Scholarship ($3,000)
    Requirements: The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student preparing to become a school library media specialist at the preschool, elementary, or secondary level. The recipient must pursue graduate level education in an ALA-accredited library school program or in a school library media program that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Deadline: March 1st annually
  • ALA Spectrum Scholarship ($5,000 annually)
    Requirements: Must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents of a minority group with no more than 12 credit hours completed toward degree.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) (http://www.ala.org/ala/lita/litahome.htm)

  • LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library and Information Technology ($3,000)
  • LITA Scholarship in Library and Information Technology ($2,500)
  • LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology ($3,000)
  • LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology ($2,500)
    Deadline for all: March 1st

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Scholarships (http://www.aallnet.org)

  • Type I: Library Degree for Law School Graduates 
    Awarded to a law school graduate working towards a degree in an accredited library school with the intention of having a career as a law librarian. Preference in selection is given to persons with meaningful law library experience. Evidence of financial need must be submitted. Deadline: April 1st annually.
  • Type II: Library School Graduates Attending Law School 
    Awarded to a library school graduate working toward a degree in an accredited law school with the intention of having a career as a law librarian, who has meaningful law library experience and has no more than 36 semester (54 quarter) credit hours remaining before qualifying for the law degree. Evidence of financial need must be submitted.
  • Type III: Library Degree for Non-Law School Graduates 
    Awarded to a college graduate with meaningful law library experience who is a degree candidate in an accredited library school with the intention of having a career as a law librarian. Preference is given to applicants working for degrees with emphasis on courses in law librarianship. Evidence of financial need must be submitted.
  • Type IV: Library School Graduates Seeking A Non-Law Degree 
    Awarded to library school graduates who are degree candidates in an area, other than law, which will be beneficial to the development of a professional career in law librarianship and who intend to have a career as a law librarian. Scholarship restricted to members of AALL. Evidence of financial need must be submitted.
  • Type V: Law Librarians in Continuing Education Courses 
    Awarded to law librarians with a degree from an accredited library or law school who are registrants in continuing education courses related to law librarianship.
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarship ($3,500)
    Requirements: Awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. Deadline: April 1st annually

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) Scholarships (http://www.arlisna.org/)

  • ARLIS/NA Internship Scholarship ($1,000)
    The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for its annual Internship Award. The ARLIS/NA Internship Program provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resource curatorship. This award will grant $1,000 to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection. Deadline: October 1st annually. http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/afa/pdc/internship.htm

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Scholarships (http://www.apalaweb.org)

  • Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association ($1,000)
    Requirements: APALA Members who are U.S. or Canadian citizens/permanent residents and either currently attending or accepted into an ALA accredited library school, must be of Asian/Pacific Islander heritage.

Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Scholarship (http://www.jewishlibraries.org)

  • AJL Scholarship ($500)
    Requirements: Must be enrolled in ALA accredited library school and show participation in Judaic studies at an academic or less formal level and/or experience working in Judaica libraries. Deadline: April 1st annually

The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Scholarship (http://www.amia.org)

  • AMIA Scholarship (Five $4,000)
    Requirements: Must be enrolled full time in a graduate-level or other advanced program in moving image studies or production, library or information services, archival administration, museum studies or a related discipline; or must be accepted into such a program for the next academic year; and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) (http://www.bcala.org)

  • E.J. Josey Scholarship Award ($2,000)
    Requirements: Must be an African American of the United States and enrolled in an ALA accredited master's program.

New York Black Librarian's Caucus (NYBLC) (http://www.nyblc.org)

  • Donna Hoke Scholarship (Two $1,000)
    Requirements: Must be accepted into an ALA accredited library program and a resident of New York state. Deadline: August 31 

California Library Association (CLA) Scholarship (http://www.cla-net.org)

  • CLA Reference Service Press Scholarship ($3,000)
    Requirements: Students accepted to ALA accredited library school or beginning library school students who a) live in California and plan to attend school in any state, or b) a resident of any state and plan to attend school in California. Must be interested in a career in reference and information service librarianship. Deadline: June 15th

Chinese American Library Association (CALA) Scholarship (http://www.cala-web.org/)

  • CALA Scholarship ($1,000)
  • C.C. Seetoo Conference Travel Scholarship ($500)
  • The Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship ($500)
  • The Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu Scholarship ($200)
    Requirements: These scholarships are open to full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's or doctoral program of library and information Science at a higher education institution in North America. Deadline: April 15

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Scholarships (http://www.clir.org)

  • Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (10 stipends of $1,600 per month for 8-12 months)
    Requirements: Must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States, plan to do dissertation research primarily in original source material in the holdings of archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, related repositories, or a combination, etc. Visit website for full details.
  • 2005 A.R. Zipf Fellowship in Information Management ($10,000)
    Requirements: Student currently enrolled in the early stages of graduate study, and who shows exceptional leadership and technical achievement in information management.

Medical Library Association (MLA) (http://www.mlanet.org)

  • MLA Scholarship ($5,000)
    Requirements: Granted to a student who is entering an ALA-accredited library school or who has yet to finish at least one half of the program's requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship. Deadline: December 1
  • MLA Scholarship for Minority Students ($5,000)
    Requirements: Granted to a minority student who is entering an ALA-accredited library school or has yet to finish at least one half of the program's requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander American individuals who wish to study health sciences librarianship are eligible. Deadline: December 1st
  • MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarship ($5,000)
    Requirements: Granted to support minority students in their goals to become health sciences information professionals. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander individuals attending ALA-accredited library schools are eligible. Deadline: March 1st
  • Thomson Scientific/ MLA Doctoral Fellowship ($2,000)
    Requirements: Granted to superior students to conduct doctoral work in an area of health sciences librarianship or information sciences and to provide support to individuals who have been admitted to candidacy. The award is given every other year and may not be used for tuition.

Nassau County Library Association (NCLA) Scholarship (http://www.nassaulibrary.org/ncla/)

  • Andrew Ippolito Scholarship Award ($2,000)
    Requirements: Any NCLA (Nassau County Library Association) enrolled in an ALA accredited Library or Information Science program located within the New York Metropolitan area that has completed at least 12 credits towards a Master's Degree. Deadline is November 1st of application year
  • Katherine McNeill Scholarship Award ($1,000)
    Requirements: Beginning library student who is employed in a library (public, academic, school or special), must be NCLA member who has been employed for at least two years in a library. Deadline: November 1st
  • NCLA Education Grant ($500)
    Requirements: NCLA member in any division of the Association currently employed in a library or library related institution. Grant will reimburse student for courses taken and/or library related conferences attended prior to or within 6 months of the grant award.

New England Library Association (NELA) Scholarship (http://www.nelib.org)

  • NELA Scholarship ($2,000 for full-time student, $1,000 for part time student)
    Requirements: Open to New England residents who are attending library school in New York, show demonstrated financial need, and plan to continue their careers in New England. Deadline: April 1st

New York Library Association (NYLA) Scholarship (http://www.nyla.org)

  • The NYLA Dewey Scholarship ($7,500)
    Deadline: August 31
  • Ann Gibson Scholarship ($1,000)
    Requirements: Currently enrolled in an MLS program, have completed at least 18 credit hours, and are directing your studies toward youth services in a public or school library. Deadline: May 31st

Palmer School, LIU Scholarships (http://palmer.cwpost.liu.edu/)

  • Elizabeth K. Reilley Endowed Scholarship ($2,000)
    Requirements: Full time matriculated students enrolled in the Master's Program. Deadline: July 1st
  • H.W. Wilson Foundation Scholarship ($1,500)
    Requirements: Part-time or matriculated Palmer school students. Deadline: July 1st for Fall, October 1st for spring

Reforma Scholarship (http://www.reforma.org)

  • The Reforma Scholarship
    Requirements: U.S. Citizen or permanent residents who qualify for graduate study in library sciences, an interest in working with Latinos. Deadline: March 15th

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Scholarship (http://www.sla.org)

  • SLA Scholarship (Three $6,000 awards)
    Requirements: Applicants must be college graduates or college seniors with an interest in special librarianship. Extra consideration shall be given to members of the Special Libraries Association and to persons who have worked in and for special libraries, but the scholarships are not restricted to these persons. Deadline: October 1st
  • SLA Affirmative Action Scholarship ($6,000)
    Requirements: Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America either by birth or naturalization or permanent resident aliens and a member of a minority group defined as Black (African American), Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, American Indian, Aleutian(Alaskan) native or native Hawaiians. Deadline: October 1st
  • SLA: Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Scholarship Application ($1,000 Plenium Scholarship)
    Applicants must be doctoral candidates who have dissertation topic approval and are enrolled in a course of study by the time the award is given. Deadline: October 31st
  • The SLA New York Chapter Student Scholarship ($1,000)
    Deadline: Spring and Fall http://www.sla.org/chapter/cny/scholarships.htm 

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Scholarship (http://www.archivists.org)

  • Colonial Dames of America Scholarships and Donna Cutt Scholarship to the Modern Archives Institute ($1,200)
    Requirements: Must be an employee of an archival institution or agency with a fair percentage of holdings predating 1825; have been employed for less than two years as an archivist or archives trainee; and be working with archives or manuscripts, regardless of title. Deadline: Feb. 28. for Summer Institute, Nov. 1 for the Winter Institute

Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Scholarships (http://scla.net/)

  • SCLA Scholarship
    Requirements: The SCLA Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Library or Information Science Master's Degree, who has already completed 12 credits from an accredited library school. The student must be a current member of the Suffolk County Library Association, a resident of Suffolk County, demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to a career in librarianship. Deadline: September 1st

Other Scholarships

  • BETA PHI MU (http://www.beta-phi-mu.org)
    Sarah Rebecca Reed $ 2,000 
    Harold Lancour -Foreign Study $ 1,500 
    Blanche E. Woolls - School Media $ 1,500 
    Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship $ 2,000
    Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship $ 3,000 
    Deadline: March 15th, except for doctoral level and foreign study awards
  • Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded by Dialog ($5,000)
    Requirements: A graduate student in library and information science who has demonstrated outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services. Deadline: April 30 http://gep.dialog.com/scholarship/
  • Rare Books School James Davis Scholarship Fund
    Requirements: Those named Davis Scholars will have credit in the RBS tuition bank that they can then use to pay for any course to which they are thereafter admitted. Deadline: Fall annually. http://www.virginia.edu/oldbooks/rbs/scholarships/davis.html 
  • Grolier Club Library Fellowships ($2,500)
    Requirements: Available for research in the Library's areas of strength, with emphasis on the history of antiquarian bookselling and private collecting of books and prints in the United States, Great Britain, and Western Europe. The fellowship may be used to pay for travel, housing, and other expenses. A minimum research stay of two weeks is required, and fellows are expected to present a seminar or lecture at the Grolier Club, and submit a written report. Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs are not eligible, but all other interested persons are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 750 words, stating necessary length of residence, historical materials to be used, relevance of the Grolier Club Library collections to the project, a proposed budget, and two letters of recommendation. Deadline: March 1 http://www.grolierclub.org

Compiled by Dr. Catherine Canino and Dr. Celena E. Kusch, Spring 2008

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