UWM receives grant to promote diversity in librarianship

Wooseob Jeong

Wooseob Jeong

Wooseob Jeong, associate professor and interim dean of the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been awarded a grant from the 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administers the program.

The $444,906 grant will support the Fostering East Asian Librarianship (FEAL) project, designed to increase the number of librarians representing East Asian backgrounds and language skills. A cohort of 12 students will receive a unique combination of career development, financial assistance, and mentoring support as they pursue a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with a specialization in Chinese, Japanese or Korean studies.

By partnering with the Council on East Asian Libraries, FEAL will help libraries further their goals of recruiting a skilled, diverse workforce focused on increasing cultural awareness within libraries and communities. SOIS has collaborated with IMLS to promote other diversity initiatives, including recent grants for the Diversity in the Organization of Information and Its Technology (DOIT) and Overcoming Barriers to Information Access (B2A) projects.

The 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants program received a total of 81 applications requesting more than $27 million in support. Including FEAL, IMLS awarded 21 projects with a total of $6.1 million in support.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and archivists, to conduct research, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and archivists.

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.