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UA granted nearly $500,000 for Hispanic and Native American library studies

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(Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services) (Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The University of Arizona has received a $498,736 grant to increase the number of Hispanics and Native Americans who study library and information sciences.

The announcement was made today by U.S. Representative Ron Barber. The money was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Eighty-two colleges applied for the grants available. University of Arizona was one of the 23 schools chosen to receive what totals to $3.6 Million.

The grant aims to address the low number of Hispanic and Native American students studying library and information sciences. UA will use the money to fund a project called Knowledge River, focusing on archives, special collections, medical librarianship and public librarianship.

The director of the project, Gina Macaluso, stressed the serious need for the funding because "the number of Native American and Latino librarians and archivists is very low."

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program has graduated 155 librarians and archivists since it began in 2001. The new grant will pay for education for 24 master's degree students so that they can better serve NativeAmerican and Hispanic communities digitally. The project partners with numerous local libraries, research centers and historical societies where students can work as graduate assistants.

The Institute for Museum and Library Services is an independent, federal agency that supports the 123,000 and 17,500 throughout the nation.

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