New York University and The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University have been awarded $700,133 in federal funds for their innovative dual-degree scholar-librarian program. The program prepares students for careers in academic institutions, research institutes, cultural organizations, and other research settings by conferring two master’s degrees - one from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science and one in library and information science from the Palmer School.

The grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program of the Institute of Library and Museum Services, the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums, will provide scholarships of $480,000 over the next three years.

Carol A. Mandel, dean of the NYU Libraries, said, “Research libraries desperately need librarians with excellent professional training, strong subject discipline knowledge, and a forward looking understanding of the new roles that libraries play. This program, with its dual degrees and in-depth mentoring, is designed to meet that demand. We look forward to working with the talented students that these scholarships will support.”

“We are delighted with our collaboration with the Palmer School and the NYU Libraries, and grateful to the government for supporting our innovative work. Libraries are an engine of the Information Society, and bringing together graduate education in arts and science and library science will help everyone who cares about learning and about the free flow of knowledge and information,” said Catharine R. Stimpson, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU.

The dual-degree program is designed to help meet the growing need for academic and research librarians with advanced degrees in academic subjects. It was launched in September, 2006. For further information on the program, contact Pauline Rothstein, program administrator of the Dual Degree Program, at 212.998.2516;

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