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Library Program Receives Federal Grant

Publish Date: 6/17/2010

June 17, 2010

MANSFIELD, PA— Mansfield University has been awarded a grant of nearly $1 million from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Under a project entitled “Fulfilling the Promise,” the MU School of Library and Information Technologies will partner with the Chicago Public School System and the New York City Department of Education, which have a combined enrollment of one point eight million students.

This project is designed to address the school librarian shortage, while building greater skills, leadership abilities and mentorship among graduates, by awarding 48 scholarships for master's degree programs to highly qualified teachers.

“‘Fulfilling the Promise’ affirms the value of our practitioner approach in preparing future school librarians,” Cynthia A. Keller, School Library & Information Technologies department chair, said. “This award recognizes the leadership and commitment of our faculty to develop innovative solutions for meeting the need of the school library profession.”

Provost Peter Keller credits Keller, Associate Professor Larry Schankman, who was the primary grant writer, and Director of Grants Development Anne Loudenslager for their efforts in obtaining this latest grant.

This is the fifth award that Mansfield University has received from the federal IMLS, recognizing the ongoing success of the program in its goal to educate and place school librarians.

Launched in the fall of 2000, the Mansfield program was the first of its kind in the U.S. Offered completely on-line, the master’s program is designed to help address the shortage of certified library media specialists. It also helps current school librarians, whose job responsibilities have evolved and now include web page development, managing electronic resources, and instructing students in information literacy as well as other duties.

For more information on the MU School Library & Information Technologies program, check online at

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