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National Library of Medicine Partner in Two IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grants

Students will work on Cultural Heritage and Digitization Projects

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that NLM is a partner with two institutions in supporting the hands-on education of library science students in leadership development; and in the management and preservation of 21st century cultural heritage institutions.

With the Association of Research Libraries, NLM is a partner in providing a host site for library school students to complete a fellowship that offers exposure to the management and operations of a research library. The fellowship, available to graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups, supports six-week internships where students are provided hands-on projects, introduction to the issues facing libraries and extensive mentoring and leadership development, priming them for careers in research libraries. Two fellows will be joining NLM in the summer of 2013.

The partnership with Catholic University of America will support internships for students in its Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration. Students will be educated in the organization, management, and preservation of materials. The internship at NLM will provide the hands-on education needed to develop skills in selection of materials for preservation; choices in the arena of digitization; and decisions to be made in accessibility and presentation of objects both physically and in the online environment. Students are expected to join NLM for internships beginning summer 2014.

Additional information can be found at the IMLS site: http://www.imls.gov/news/lb21