INA - The deadline is fast approaching for individuals interested in a rewarding internship at Rend Lake College through the University of Illinois.
The Learning Resource Center at RLC will be one of the internship sites for students who benefit from a recent grant awarded to the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges.
The NILRC, a library consortium with members throughout Illinois and Missouri, has been awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant will support the recruitment and training of a 20-student cohort for work in community college libraries, in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
The grant is called “Librarians Serving Community-based Higher Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Community College Librarians . Beginning in 2007, this grant will provide a community college librarianship-focused MLS degree program for 20 students through the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science over the course of 2 years. The program will culminate with internship employment in one of 11 partner community college libraries in Illinois or Missouri.
The grant seeks to recruit a diverse group of candidates for the MLS degree who will become well-prepared professionals serving the non-traditional, diverse, commuter-based student populations in community-based academic libraries.
Candidates who wish to apply for this Community College Librarianship Education program must meet requirements for admission to UIUC GSLIS (www.lis.uiuc.edu) and will have a strong interest in the librarianship in the community college setting. Candidates eligible for admission to GSLIS will submit separate additional application materials to NILRC (www.nilrc.org) to be considered for inclusion in the grant. Students enrolled in the program will develop relationships with participating community college library mentors. Assignment to a highly structured, mentored, paid internship for six months at degree completion is a component of this award.
The graduate curriculum will include courses taught through UIUC’s Community College Teaching and Learning (CCTL) program in the College of Education, as complementary to GSLIS required and elective coursework.