June 30, 2009
SWIM (Become a Librarian) Grant Information
The South Dakota State Library, in partnership with the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the Montana State Library, and the Wyoming State Library will recruit and provide Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded scholarships to educate 50 librarians and school library media specialists to work in the region's rural communities. Students studying for a master's degree in library science will attend the University of North Texas's distance education program, and school library media students will attend distance programs at Black Hills State University, Montana State University, or the University of Montana.
The Laura Bush Grant will assist in paying tuition for at least six South Dakota residents to receive their Master’s Degree in Library Science and at least five South Dakota residents to receive their K-12 School Library Media Endorsement.
For students pursing the Master's Degree in Library Science the grants will pay 80% of the cost of tuition, travel expenses to attend two required meetings with the University of North Texas faculty, and a stipend to attend the South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference. For students pursing the Library Media Endorsement the grants will pay 80% of the cost of tuition, and a stipend to attend the South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference. Following the completion of each program, grant recipients will be required to work two years in one of the four states in a professional library position.
The application process will begin in the fall of 2009, grants will be awarded in the spring of 2010, and distance education classes will begin in the fall of 2010. Students currently taking courses toward their masters or library media endorsement are not eligible for a scholarship.
More information about the grants, how to apply for the grants, and recipient responsibilities will be available on this web page later this fall.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Assistant State Librarian for Development Services
South Dakota State Library
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