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DU library science program receives $917,000 grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Monday, June 22, 2009

University to partner with area libraries and preschools to support 10 college students


DENVER— The University of Denver’s Library and Information Science (LIS) Program in the Morgridge College of Education has been awarded $917,891 to support ten students earning master’s degrees in librarianship. All of the students will specialize in early childhood literacy.

The project will prepare librarians qualified to work with very young children in achieving early literacy. The LIS Program will partner with the Arapahoe Library District, the Colorado State Library, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, Douglas County Libraries, Clayton Early Learning Institute, Denver Preschool Program, Family Educational Network of Weld County and DU’s Child Family & School Psychology Program and Fisher Early Learning Center.

“The community need addressed by this project is the demand for more public librarians to help very young children acquire early literacy skills,” says Mary Stansbury, director of the LIS Program. “The primary goal is to increase the number of librarians with specialized degrees who can serve the early literacy needs of very young children, caregivers, families, educators and community coalitions in Colorado.”

As a part of their training, the fellows will gain practical experience through placement in diverse public libraries and preschools. They also will be required to take coursework in various aspects of child psychology, and to demonstrate existing or learned Spanish-language proficiency. Project staff also will develop guidelines and training materials to help public libraries and preschools establish early childhood literacy programs.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded 33 institutions a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, totaling $20.4 million. Since its inception in 2002, the program has funded the education and training of 3,220 master’s students, 186 doctoral students, 1,256 pre-professionals and 26,206 continuing education students.

This is the second time DU has received a grant from the program. In 2008, nearly $1 million was awarded to recruit and educate ten new law librarians.


The University of Denver (, the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region, enrolls approximately 11,409 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a Research University with high research activity.

Contact:  Jim Berscheidt

Phone: (303) 871-3172


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