Contact: Valerie Edmonds


LITA


312-280-4269

For Immediate Release


October 17, 2003

Nominations sought for
library and information science scholarship awards

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering four scholarships that lend financial support to qualified persons entering the library automation field. The awards include two minority scholarships to those who are qualified members of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Hispanic).

Award consideration will only be given to applications postmarked by March 1, 2004.

The award’s committee seeks to honor those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology that demonstrate potential leadership and hold a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following awards:


  • LITA/OCLC and LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarships

Both scholarships are awarded to those who are qualified members of a principal minority group.
(American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Hispanic) The scholarships are for master's level study, with emphasis on library technology and/or automation at a library school accredited by the American Library Association. Recipients of the LITA/OCLC will receive a scholarship of $3,000. LITA/LSSI recipients will receive $2,500.

  • LITA/Christian Larew and LITA/Sirsi Scholarships

The scholarships are for master's level study, with emphasis on library technology and/or automation at a library school accredited by the American Library Association. LITA/Christian Larew Scholarship (sponsored by Informata.com) recipients will receive $3,000, and LITA/Sirsi recipients will receive $2,500.

Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for the scholarships with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, a letter of reference and a personal statement of the applicant’s view of what he or she can bring to the profession. Candidates should place a particular emphasis on experiences that indicate potential for leadership and commitment to library automation.
Economic need is considered when all other criteria are equal.
Winners must have been accepted to an ALA-accredited MLS Program.
Application forms and instructions are available online at
ww.ala.org/scholarships.

Candidates should submit materials to American Library Association, Scholarship Clearinghouse, c/o Human Resource Development & Recruitment, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL
60611-2795.
For additional information regarding LITA Scholarship please contact the LITA office at 800/545-2433, ext. 4269.

The winner will be announced at the LITA President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.