For immediate release | June 5, 2012

LITA scholarships in library and information science

CHICAGO —The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is accepting applications for three scholarships:

  • LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by Baker & Taylor)
  • LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship (sponsored by Library Systems and Services, LLC)
  • LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship (sponsored by Online Computer Library Center)

All applications, references, transcripts, and other documents must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013 for consideration. More information about LITA scholarships is available online.

The scholarships are designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library technology field. The committees seek those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, who demonstrate potential leadership, who hold a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries and, for the minority scholarships, those who are qualified members of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Hispanic).

Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for the scholarships with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference and a personal statement of the applicant’s view of what he or she can bring to the profession, with 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.

All materials should be submitted to American Library Association, Scholarship Clearinghouse, c/o Human Resource Development & Recruitment, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. If you have questions about a LITA Scholarship please email the LITA Office at

The winners will be announced at the LITA Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference.


Valerie Edmonds-Merritt

Program Coordinator

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

1-800-545-2433 ext. 4269