School of Information receives grants totaling more than $1 million

AUSTIN, Texas—The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin has received awards totaling more than $1 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support research and recruitment in information studies.

These grants will enable the school to recruit up to 12 new students at both the master’s and doctoral levels and to build institutional capacity and facilities to educate digital librarians.

“The project will prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, develop, manage and research digital collections,” said Dr. Mary Lynn Rice-Lively, associate dean of the School of Information and principal investigator on the digital preservation and education project. “With the innovative curriculum, as well as digitization teaching and production facilities in place, the School of Information in collaboration with the UT General Libraries Digital Library Services Division will shape future leaders in the area of digital libraries.”

The IMLS is a federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation and learning in museums, libraries and the arts.  This week the agency awarded more than $19 million to 311 museums and libraries across the nation in a second grant round for 2004. The grants will help recruit and educate a new generation of librarians, provide continuing education and professional training to current librarians and improve library service to underserved communities.

For more information contact: Dr. Mary Lynn Rice-Lively, 512-471-2371.