IMLS Grant to Develop Missouri Public Library Leaders

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Public Library Leadership Fellows ProgramColumbia, Mo. (March 31, 2014) — The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the University of Missouri will receive a $347,488 grant to educate public library leaders, as part of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The Public Library Leadership (PuLL) Fellows Program will provide 24 students with specialized courses and practicum experiences aimed at developing their leadership and management skills.

The grant will help educate 24 PuLL Fellows, providing them with tuition support and a stipend for 12 credit hours of specialized coursework. Three courses will focus on public library management, leadership for diversity, and community engagement. Students will finish their last three hours with a practical field experience in Missouri public library administration.

Co-investigators Dr. Denice Adkins and Dr. Jenny Bossaller are partnering with the Daniel Boone Regional Library (Columbia), Kansas City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, Springfield-Greene County Public Library, St. Charles City-County Library, and St. Louis County Public Library to provide experience and some instructional support.

“We’re excited to work with SISLT on this program. Administrative ability is one of the skills we look for when hiring.” -Jim Brown, St. Charles City—County Library District

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. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.  To learn more, visit www.imls.gov, http://libraryleaders.missouri.edu/ and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.