The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the Catholic University of America is pleased to announce it has received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarianship grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant will support students to pursue a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management (CHIM). Seventeen academically qualified IMLS-CHIM Fellows will be selected and are expected to complete degree requirements between 2013 and 2015.
The Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration (“course of study”) at SLIS educates cultural heritage information professionals for the 21st century and prepares students for careers in cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) have a wealth of cultural heritage resources and have urgent needs to apply the latest digital technology for the management, use, and preservation of cultural heritage resources for future generations. CHIM is designed to address such needs. It is a competency-based concentration, focusing on five areas: contextual foundations, resource management and digital curation, information organization, information service, and digital technology. The five competencies are closely related and represent interconnected components of professional work that manifest themselves in LAM collaboration and convergence.
The scholarship will cover:
- Tuition for six CHIM courses during 2013-2014, with the cost of the remaining six courses (4 core required courses + 2 electives) to be covered by the student.
- Student fees for three semesters and one-time new student fee
- Support for student membership in professional associations and participation in professional conferences on libraries, archives, and museums issues, such as the Society of American Archivist (SAA) Annual meeting, Web Wise and Museums and the Web.
Students interested in the CHIM program should submit their applications online (visit http://admissions.cua.edu/graduate/apply/index.html for details). Applicants must submit the application materials required for admission into the MSLIS program. In addition, for consideration for the IMLS-CHIM Scholarship, students must complete the Professional Assessment for CHIM.
Students with undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 must submit GRE scores. Students may enroll on a part-time basis.
Application deadline: October 25, 2012
To be considered for the IMLS CHIM scholarship, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Not currently enrolled in the LIS program at CUA
- Complete application by deadline (October 25, 2012)
- Complete CHIM Professional Assessment form
- Working experience in CHIM settings (preferred)
Recipients of other CUA scholarships, such as special tuition benefits due to MOU arrangements, are not eligible for the IMLS CHIM scholarships. Contact Dr. Youngok Choi if you have questions about the IMLS CHIM scholarships.
All students receiving the IMLS-CHIM scholarship must:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.2 each semester to continue receiving the scholarships
- Commit to a 120-hour practicum during summer or fall 2014
- Participate in a CHIM Public Forum in spring 2015
- Join a professional association and participate in a professional conference in 2013 or 2014
- Complete requirements for the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) degree by spring 2015
|Two year program||Semester||Six Required Specialty Courses|
|Year 1||Spring 2013||1. LSC677 History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions
2. LSC648 Digital Curation
|Fall 2013||3.LSC615 Metadata
4.LSC635 Use and Users of Libraries and Information
|Year 2||Spring 2014||5. LSC652 Foundations of Digital Libraries|
|Summer 2014 or Fall 2014||6-1. LSC906 Practicum (Session1- 8 students)
6-2. LSC906 Practicum (Session2- 9 students)
|Spring 2015||CHIM Public Forum|
In addition, students must take the four core courses required of all MSLIS students:
- LSC 551 Organization of Information
- LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
- LSC 555 Information Systems in Library and Information Centers
- LSC 557 Libraries and Information in Society
|Management & resources||Services/outreaches||Technology|
|LSC646 Archive Management
LSC670 History of the Book
LSC747 Special Collections
LSC832 Rare Book
LSC878 Digital Collections in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
|LSC634 Oral History
LSC644 Information Literacy and Instructional Design
LSC879 Public Programs, Outreach and Digital Exhibits in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
LSC879 Visions of Italy
|LSC610 Web Design & Information Architecture
LSC752 Design and Production of Multimedia
LSC757 Library Technologies and Project Management
LSC875 User Interface Design
CHIM practicum will be a combination of 120 hours of fieldwork under the supervision of information professionals, seminar sessions, writing assignments and pubic presentations of practicum outcomes. A cultural heritage information professional at the practicum site will serve as the supervisor and mentor. The goal of the Practicum is to provide students with professional experiences, allow students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to real-life situations, and assist students in the development of professional goals and professional networks.
The organizations that will be working with SLIS to provide students with Practicum opportunities are:
- Art Museum of the Americas
- Corcoran College of Art & Design
- Library of Congress
- National Agricultural Library
- National Library of Medicine
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries
For more information about CHIM curriculum and IMLS-CHIM scholarship, contact a project director, Dr. Youngok Choi (firstname.lastname@example.org).