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TWU to use $743,036 to educate new children’s librarians


WASHINGTON, D.C./DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies is one of 32 library organizations in the nation and one of four in Texas to receive a 2012 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

TWU received a $469,999 grant from the IMLS. TWU and its partners – the Texas Library Association (TLA) and the Dallas Public Library - also are matching the grant with $273,037 in funds for a total of $743,036 to establish the Literacy Matters: Educating Librarians to Serve Families with Young Children project.

Dr. Maria Cahill, TWU assistant professor of library and information sciences and co-principal investigator of the project, says its goal is to recruit participants to enroll in TWU’s Master’s of Library Science program and specialize in early literacy in order to provide library services for communities with underrepresented populations. Qualified applicants to the program will receive tuition scholarships, travel stipends and professional mentorship from children’s librarians throughout the state. Details on the program are available at

“This project seeks to increase the pool of librarians who can work with children to nurture the early literacy skills critical to lifelong success,” Dr. Cahill said. “These funds have the potential to impact many families with young children in Texas and give them a leg up in terms of literacy learning.”

Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng, director of TWU’s School of Library and Information Studies and co-principal investigator of the project, added, “Partnering with the TLA and the Dallas Public Library on this project allows us to extend our outreach and provide more children’s librarians for underserved areas in Texas.”

IMLS 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. For more information, visit

TWU’s School of Library and Information Studies is nationally accredited by the American Library Association and is considered one of the best library science programs in the U.S. The school also is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The school offers master’s and doctoral degrees in library science, as well as certificate programs in school librarianship and health librarianship. Some of its degrees are offered 100 percent online or in a blended online and face-to-face format. For more information, visit

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