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January 14, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Laura Bush Announces Librarian Recruitment Initiative

First Lady Laura Bush has announced a proposed $10 million initiative for 2003 to recruit a new generation of librarians. The initiative will be managed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (http://www.imls.gov), an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nationís museums and libraries. Recruiting a new generation of librarians is vital. Research scheduled for publication in the March 2002 issue of American Libraries magazine will show that based on 1990 Census data, almost 58 percent of professional librarians will reach the age of 65 between 2005 and 2019. Funds will be used to invest in a variety of recruitment efforts such as scholarships and fellowships for masterís programs; support for doctoral students who will train the next generation of librarians; leadership development; distance learning for underserved rural areas; and efforts to recruit librarians to serve increasingly diverse communities with diverse language skills.

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services


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