Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21): Planning Grants
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Grant amount: Up to US $50,000
Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed
Applicant type: Museum/Library/Zoo
Funding uses: Education / Outreach
Location of project: Anywhere in the world
Location of residency: Marshall Islands; Micronesia, Federated States Of; Palau; United States; American Samoa; Guam; Northern Mariana Islands; Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands Expand all
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports professional development, graduate education and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.
Planning Grants allow project teams to perform preliminary planning activities, such as analyzing needs and feasibility, solidifying partnerships, developing project work plans, or developing prototypes, or proofs of concept, and pilot studies. Assessing the outcomes of planning activities should be appropriate to this early stage of work. Applications are expected to have a basic framework for planning activities that have the potential to lead to a future proposal for an LB21 project, such as those described in Project Grants. Planning Grants are for periods of one year only.
Your application must designate one of these project types.
Pre-Professional: Recruit future professionals to develop a diverse workforce in library and information science. In particular, attract promising high school or undergraduate students to consider careers in library and information science through statewide, regional, or national recruitment and part-time employment projects that are educational, cost effective, and have measurable outcomes.
Masters's and Doctoral Programs
- Master’s Programs: educate the next generation of librarians and archivists in nationally accredited graduate library programs to meet the evolving needs of the profession and society.
- Doctoral Programs: Develop faculty to educate the next generation of library and archives professionals. In particular, increase the number of students enrolled in doctoral programs that will prepare faculty to teach master’s students who will work in school, public, academic, research, and special libraries and archives. These programs also develop the next generation of library and archives leaders to assume positions as managers and administrators.
Continuing Education: Improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of library and archives staff through programs of continuing education, both formal and informal, including post-master’s programs, residencies, internships, enhanced work experiences, blended learning opportunities, online learning modules, and other training programs for professional staff.
Your application must designate one of these project categories.
Community Anchors: We are interested in projects that investigate and build the skills and knowledge of library professionals to support the role of libraries as community anchors that facilitate lifelong learning; enhance civic and cultural engagement; and support economic vitality, through programming and services. Training, research, and educational opportunities may focus on:
- Assessing opportunities for developing new community-based programs, relationships, promising products, or services that support and engage their communities.
- Designing educational opportunities informed by other sectors and disciplines that support library professionals’ mastery of new skills to improve their ability to address community needs. These skills may include: project management, partnership development, design thinking, data analytics, impact assessment, participatory programming, leadership development, and iterative product development or systems analysis.
- Investigating widespread community challenges that both inform and are informed by current library and archival practice, feature mutually beneficial relationships between researchers and practitioners, occur between practitioners and their communities, and communicate findings in ways that have the potential to improve library services.
National Digital Platform: We are interested in projects that will increase library professionals’ capacity to create, develop, and use the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. Training, research, and educational opportunities may focus on:
- Planning new training programs for librarians or library students related to the development, implementation, or use of digital library tools.
- Supporting formal or informal educational programs to increase librarians’ capacity related to the development, implementation, or use of digital library tools including but not limited to research and public access contexts. These projects should demonstrate that they build on existing work, are grounded in the needs of a wide range of libraries and archives, and that they involve a range of partners.
- Assessing the needs for and impact of investments in education and training for open source digital library tools. For example, proposed projects may examine librarians’ education and training needs for coding or other skills, or employers’ desired competencies for digital library staff.
Curating Collections: We are interested in projects that will increase librarians’ and library professionals’ capacity to create, preserve, manage, and provide access to digital library collections across the country. Training, research, and educational opportunities may focus on:
- Supporting efforts to establish plans for training library school students or library staff on topics related to preservation, conservation, and access. In particular, training should address the stewardship of digital collections and, as appropriate, the synergy with physical collections.
- Identifying an emerging area of importance for librarian skill development as related to stewardship of digital collections, and bringing together stakeholders from both inside and outside the library sector to explore the topic. These projects should initiate new partnerships to increase the capacity of librarians to meet workforce needs
- Supporting formal or informal educational programs to increase librarians’ capacity related to the stewardship of digital collections. These projects should clearly demonstrate that they build on existing work, are grounded in the needs of a wide range of libraries and archives, and that they involve a range of partners.
- Assessing the gaps in, needs for, and impact of investments in education and training products, services, and networks to support stewardship of digital collections across a range of institutions.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- You must be either a unit of State or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code and be located in:
- one of the 50 States of the United States of America,
- the District of Columbia,
- the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
- American Samoa,
- U.S. Virgin Islands,
- the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,
- the Republic of the Marshall Islands,
- the Federated States of Micronesia, or
- the Republic of Palau.
- You must be one of the following six types of organizations:
- A library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a State agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include the following:
- Public libraries;
- Public elementary and secondary school libraries;
- College (including community college) and university libraries;
- Research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available (Research libraries must be under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian and must be either generally recognized as possessing unique scholarly research materials and services that are made available to the public, or able to demonstrate that such is the case when submitting an application to IMLS.);
- Private or special libraries that have been deemed eligible to participate in this program by the State in which the library is located.
- Doctoral Programs
- Only graduate schools of library and information science offering programs of study at the doctoral level are eligible to apply for funding of doctoral level scholarships and fellowships, either individually or collaboratively.
- Master's Programs
- Graduate schools of library and information science and graduate schools that provide school library media certification programs are eligible to apply for funds to educate students at the master's level only if they apply in a collaboration that includes one or more eligible library entities. Any of the eligible applicants in the collaboration may serve as the lead applicant.
- exists on a permanent basis;
- serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, state, or local level; and
- engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession.
- Native American tribal organizations may apply if they otherwise meet the above eligibility requirements.
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