Transforming Libraries into Community Anchors in Rural Texas

This program is offered 100% online

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Prepare librarians to use information and communication technology to facilitate positive changes in small communities through civic engagement and coalition building


Provides scholarship for six semesters and travel stipend leading to the Master of Library Science (MLS) degree with specialty in community informatics


Commitment and access to a small or rural community for fieldwork throughout the program of study

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Funded by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in collaboration with the Texas Library Association (TLA)

Students Receive
  • A specialized curriculum to include MLS required courses, and courses with focus on community informatics
  • Scholarship of $2,000 per semester for six semesters towards MLS degree program of study
  • Travel stipend to attend Texas Library Association annual conference in 2019 and 2020
  • Additional workshops and trainings for leadership and community development
  • Mentoring from SLIS alumni and other professional librarians
  • Two online courses per semester beginning January 2019
Program Specifics
  • Coursework completion and graduation in December 2020
  • Community-Based Capstone project
  • Required program orientation at 2019 Texas Library Association annual conference
  • Participation in SLIS AlumniConnect program for mentoring and networking
  • Program showcase at Texas Library Association annual conference in 2020 and 2021

For more information on the project, contact Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng at or 940-898-2602.

Page last updated 9:56 AM, January 28, 2019