SLIS Awarded IMLS Grant for Cultural Heritage Information Management

The School of Library and Information Science of The Catholic University of America has received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the amount of $498,741 for the project “Cultural Heritage Information Management (CHIM): Educating 21st Century Cultural Heritage Information Professionals.” The grant will provide scholarship support for 17 CHIM students. Details of the grant and the scholarships will be available on a project website in August. Dr. Youngok Choi is the Project Director and Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee is the Co-director.

CHIM is a three-year project (August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2015) designed to educate cultural heritage information professionals for the 21st century. It focuses on competencies in the organization, management, and access to the rich resources and collections of cultural institutions through the use of digital technologies. Students will also develop proficiency in designing information services and outreach programs to promote the appreciation and use of cultural heritage resources and collections. CHIM requires six courses and two electives, including practicum opportunities at Art Museum of the Americas, Corcoran School of Art & Design, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian Institution.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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