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Nearly $1 million grant awarded to train librarians in Pacific Islands

A nearly $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, known as IMLS, will make it possible for the Department of Library and Information Sciences in the College of Information to provide full scholarships for 23 residents of the Pacific Islands to enroll in its online master’s degree program in library and information science.

The goal of the program, called LEAP: Library Education for the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific, is to increase the number and diversity of degreed library professionals for the islands. This grant was awarded to UNT through IMLS’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which provided funds to 38 projects.

The Department of Library and Information Sciences is collaborating on LEAP with the UNT Libraries and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, a nonprofit corporation that works with schools and school systems in U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands to provide curriculum development, assessment and evaluation and other services.    

During the 2010-11 academic year, students for the master’s degree program will be recruited from American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; the Federated States of Micronesia, comprised of the states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap; Guam; the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.

The students will start the master’s degree program in August 2011 by attending a nine-day Web Institute class held at the College of Micronesia in Palikar, Pohnpei State.

During the next two years, the students will take online courses to complete the 36 hours required for the master’s degree. They will also visit libraries in Pohnpei and attend professional development workshops before graduating in August 2013.

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(Map courtesy of Voice of America)

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