Student Benefits & Important Links
After applying and being admitted to both library school and the Librarians for Tomorrow program, students will begin their MLIS coursework in August 2008. In addition, they will be involved in a range of supplemental activities focused on helping them complete the program in two years, while cultivating their leadership skills. Activities will emphasize an understanding of the information needs of underserved groups, approaches used by libraries to effectively meet the needs of these communities, and challenges faced by library professionals of color.
- In an effort to recruit students from underserved communities, this program will provide financial support. Our efforts in this arena will include student scholarships to cover the costs of tuition, fees, and course materials. In addition, each student will receive a laptop computer and printer.
- A $1000 per month living stipend is available to students for on-campus housing or housing within commute distance of the university.
- In addition, support will be provided for each student's professional development by covering costs for students to join professional associations and attend two professional conferences while in the master's program.
- Students will be encouraged to attend core courses together. Throughout the program, they will participate together in social networking and professional development activities, such as attendance at professional conferences and leadership seminars.
- The Librarians for Tomorrow program will provide a mentor to each student. Mentors boost student retention in a graduate program, while enhancing development of their leadership skills and helping them explore career options. Each of our mentors will be experienced librarians who currently work in one of our participating libraries and demonstrate an understanding of serving diverse communities.
- Students will also be oriented to the unique collaborative model found at King Library through unit tours, presentations by unit heads, and a special forum with the Dean and Director who lead this co-managed academic and public library.
- In addition, students will attend a professional association conference each year, with their mentor joining them the first year to guide them through this valuable learning experience.
- Students will receive help creating resumes and developing skills needed for job interviews. In addition, they will receive coaching on how to search for and find career opportunities and on how to build pathways to a leadership role in the profession.
- Following graduation, students may participate in regular web conferencing sessions, where they can share their job search struggles and successes and receive coaching and peer support.
- As an added component of our job readiness program, two of our graduates will be offered the opportunity to complete a year-long residency at King Library, gaining work experience in an internationally recognized joint library.