I have great news! With a catch!
The good news first:
The Early Childhood Librarianship program at the University of Denver has received continued funding from the Institue of Museum and Library Services! Two years ago DU launched this program, the first of its kind, designed to educate youth services librarians in early childhood development issues and prepare them to be early literacy advocates in their libraries and in their communities.
The first cohort of Early Childhood Librarianship fellows is graduating this spring and summer, and the continued funding means that there will be spots for 20 more fellows in this unique program.
The fellows are to start classes THIS fall–2012. Since the DU Library and Information Science Program just received notice of the funding, this is obviously a pretty tight turnaround.
BUT if you or someone you know has been considering library school anyway, is interested in and passionate about early childhood services and early literacy, and can move to Denver (the program is face-to-face rather than online), this could be a super opportunity.
I have had the good fortune to have served as one of the public library advisors to the program and as a mentor to the first cohort of fellows. I am so excited this program exists and is sending youth services librarians with early childhood expertise out into the world. I can’t wait to meet the next group of students! Will you be one of them?
From the announcement posted by program chair Mary Stansbury on the Colorado LIBNET listserv:
We are so pleased and honored to announce that the DU Library and Information Science Program has been awarded IMLS funding for a second round of Early Childhood Librarianship fellowships. These fellowships will commence with the Autumn 2012 quarter.
The University of Denver Morgridge College of Education will also contribute to the fellowship funding, bringing the total amount of funding for each fellow to $37,984. This amount is 60% of the tuition of the DU MLIS.
Twenty fellows will be selected.
Coursework for this fellowship will include LIS foundational coursework, courses in early childhood, children’s, and young adult materials and services, and classes in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program on brain development, language and literacy acquisition, and special needs children and families.
The MLIS is a 58 quarter credit degree. Fellows must complete the MLIS by June 2014. For more information about the DU LIS Program, please visit: http://www.du.edu/education/programs/lis/index.html
Applicants for the fellowships must also be admitted to the MLIS degree program. Application information can be found at http://www.du.edu/education and by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is interested in this fellowship opportunity, please go to: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_50e6ROd97FUSTty to submit contact information.