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FTRF and GSLIS at Illinois announce intellectual freedom course and scholarship opportunities – Deadline May 2, 2016

FTRF and GSLIS at Illinois announce intellectual freedom course and scholarship opportunities

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science (LIS) students around the country. The course, in its third year, will be taught by GSLIS professor Emily Knox, who was awarded a 2015 Instructor of the Year award by the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium for the course. It is a project of the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

“Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” is a 2-credit course and will meet online Tuesdays August 23–October 11, 2016. It is open to any student enrolled in an LIS degree program.  As part of the collaboration, Freedom to Read Foundation staff and volunteers will lend their expertise as guest speakers, and FTRF and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom archival materials will be made available to students. 

“Our culture is at a tipping point, a shift in its tolerance for the First Amendment. It is imperative that today’s library students have a deep and thoughtful exposure to the value of free speech. And who better to receive it from than the 2015 WISE instructor of the year?” said James LaRue, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

“I’m excited to teach the intellectual freedom and censorship class again this Fall,” said Professor Emily Knox. “The course is one of the highlights of my semester. I, like the students, enjoy listening and learning from our weekly speakers and I love our spirited class discussions.”

To encourage students outside the University of Illinois to participate, FTRF is offering four half-scholarships ($700 each). Applications for the scholarships are due May 2, 2016.  For more information and to apply for the scholarship visit www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Education

Students enrolled in programs affiliated with the WISE consortium will be provided course credit automatically upon completion of the course.  Others will need to coordinate course credit with their home institution.

For more information and questions regarding registration please contact:  Karla Lucht at U of I, klucht@illinois.edu, 217-244-3810, or staff at the Freedom to Read Foundation, FTRF@ALA.org or 312-280-4226. 

For information about technology used for online education at U of I please see: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/itd/welcome.

The Freedom to Read Foundation (www.ftrf.org) is a First Amendment legal defense and education organization affiliated with the American Library Association. In 2009, following the death of its founding executive director Judith Krug, FTRF created the Judith Krug Memorial Fund. The Krug Fund has two purposes: to support Banned Books Week via event grants to organizations, and to provide intellectual freedom education. For more information on the Krug Fund, or to make a donation to support its work, please visit www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Fund.

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois (http://www.lis.illinois.edu) is the premier LIS program in the nation, consistently ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report. We offer advanced degrees with areas of specialization including data curation, digital libraries, social and community informatics, socio-technical data analytics, and youth services as well as continuing professional development opportunities. Courses are available both on campus and online.

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Daughters of the American Revolution. Michael T. and Mary L. Cloyd Scholarship in Archives Management. Deadline February 10, 2015.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to offer the Michael T. and Mary L. Cloyd Scholarship in Archives Management.

Please consider applying for this scholarship.  Applications must be postmarked by February 10, 2015.

This is a one-time only, preferred amount award of $3,000 to a student with a minimum 3.0 average at the third year level of undergraduate study or studying at the graduate level, studying Archives Management with a preference given to applicants focusing on American History.

The application form is online here:

http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-info

Mail completed scholarship application form to:

National Vice Chair Michael T. and Mary L. Cloyd Scholarship

7804 Stratford Rd

Bethesda, MD 20814

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Roger K. Summit Scholarship. Deadline March 30th, 2015.

Share this Scholarship Opportunity Today—Deadline is March 30th!

ProQuest is proud to present the Roger K. Summit Scholarship; open to all LIS students worldwide. The award is the equivalent of US $5,000 and is presented at the Special Libraries Association 2015 Annual Conference to be held June 14-16 in Boston, Massachusetts or at a regional location in proximity to the winner.

Applicants must be students who are currently enrolled in an accredited library or information science program. The scholarship recipient, who must have demonstrated outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services, is selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Demonstrated interest in electronic information services, based on course work, research, and experience
  • Faculty recommendations

The Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded annually by ProQuest, was established to honor Dr. Roger K. Summit, the founder of Dialog, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science.

Applications are being accepted now through March 30, 2015. To learn more about the scholarship or to download an application, click here.

If you are an LIS instructor, please share this information with your students.

Click here for more information.

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