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KU Libraries offers two graduate study awards for future librarians

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

University of Kansas Libraries is again offering two awards for current students or recent graduates who have been accepted to a graduate program in librarianship. The application deadline for both is May 3; award recipients will be announced in June.

The Carl and Margaret Husic Award to Support Librarianship in Less Commonly Taught Languages, funded by KU's Slavic and Special Languages Librarian Geoff Husic, provides $1,200 to support graduate study in librarianship. The award, now in its fourth year, honors Husic's parents, Margaret Husic and the late Carl John Husic Sr.

Preference for the Husic award will be given to those whose primary interest is in foreign-language librarianship and area studies and who can demonstrate in an essay their intent to use their knowledge of less commonly taught languages in their library career.

The Rubinstein/Mason Award, providing $1,000 for graduate study in librarianship, honors the late Joseph Rubinstein, first head of KU Libraries' Department of Special Collections, and Alexandra Mason, Spencer librarian emerita, for their service to scholarship.

Preference for the Rubinstein/Mason Award will be given to students whose primary interest is in special collections librarianship and who have demonstrated characteristics of intellectual excellence and commitment to the standards of principled librarianship exemplified by Rubinstein and Mason in their many years of service to scholarship. Further preference will be given to students who have been employed as assistants in KU Libraries.

Applicants for either award must:

  • Be a currently enrolled KU student or recent KU graduate.
  • Have been accepted by a graduate program in librarianship accredited by the American Library Association. (See ALA's Accredited Programs for information about education for librarianship.) A check will be issued upon verification of enrollment in an accredited program.
  • Submit an application form by May 3, together with a 250-word statement for the review committee and the name and address of a professional reference who can comment on the applicant's potential for success as a librarian.

Learn more about Awards at KU Libraries.

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