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Contact: Sara Groves
July 12, 2005 (406) 444-5357


(HELENA)--- The Montana State Library received notice that it has been selected for a $460,444 “Recruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Century” award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is the second grant the State Library has received from IMLS for recruitment purposes.

The three-year grant, “Professional Education and Employment for Librarians II” or PEEL II, will fund a statewide promotion/recruitment campaign designed to attract Montana residents to the library profession, with an emphasis on recruiting more Native American librarians. Ten Montana residents will receive $25,000 scholarships to attend graduate library school, and will be required to work in a Montana library for a minimum of two years following the program. Stipends will also be awarded to help libraries bring these new graduates into their communities.

Darlene Staffeldt, State Librarian, said, “We are honored to receive this second grant award to recruit Montana residents to the librarian profession. Montana’s librarians contribute to positive student academic achievement, increase literacy rates, and provide top-notch community programming, demonstrating that librarianship is absolutely critical to Montana’s education infrastructure in many ways.”

Montana’s State Library was one of 36 successful grant applicants. A ten-member advisory committee that provides guidance with the recruitment campaign and application process will remain in place from the first grant cycle. Applications will be available in October of 2005. Scholarship applications will be due in February of 2006; selected applicants are required to begin school at the University of Washington Information School in the fall of 2006.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services anticipates the loss of as many as 58% of the current pool of professional librarians across the nation by 2019 and designed this grant program to help recruit a new generation of librarians. It recognizes the key role of libraries and librarians in maintaining the flow of information that is critical to support formal education, to guide commercial enterprise, and to strengthen individual decisions.

For more information about Montana’s grant, please visit http://msl.mt.gov/greatcareer or contact Sue Jackson, Library Development Consultant at the Montana State Library at (406) 444-5350 or at sujackson@mt.gov.


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  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov