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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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