The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was recently awarded a 3rd ACE (Academic and Cultural Enrichment) Scholars grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
As part of this grant, UNC-G needs to recruit 10 students from under-represented communities into their ALA-accredited two-year master’s of library and information studies (MLIS) degree program and prepare them for professional positions in community college libraries, with emphasis on serving diverse populations, including refugees and immigrants.
The program can be completed online or face-to-face on the campus in Greensboro, NC. The program requires a full semester practicum in a community college and service learning projects, as well as specialized course work in community college librarianship. As fellow NCLA members, we are hoping that you might be able to identify staff members, former students, or interested others to join the program.
The ACE Scholars will receive:
• full tuition and fees, and a monthly stipend to attend the UNCG LIS program
• memberships to ALA and NCLA or other state organization
• community college practicum opportunities
• networking and mentoring opportunities from community college librarians
The time for application is short. UNC-G must have a completed application to the graduate school by Aug. 1. The program will start in mid-August. The program is fast-tracked. It must be completed in two years.
1) To apply for admission to the graduate school. For this they will need:
• Recent (within 5 years) GRE scores
• Transcripts from either a US institution or have transcripts from a non-US institution evaluated by a NACES accredited organization.
• A validation of proficiency in English if it is not your native language and if you have international transcripts.
2) To apply for the ACE Scholars Program for Community College Librarianship scholarship. Please submit:
* The application
* A personal statement that explains your interest in community college libraries
* The statement can be a written document or a video presentation
* Discuss in up to 500 words why you are interested in participating in the current ACE Scholars Program and
* Discuss in up to 500 words what value your diversity background/experiences will add to community college libraries serving diverse communities, such as New Americans
3) Participate in an interview with the grant’s principal investigators in person or through some other medium.
Click here to complete the ACE Scholar application and upload your documents.<https://form.jotform.us/form/31473716159155>
Learn about admission and application requirements here: https://lis.uncg.edu/prospective-studentsadmission/