McDaniel professor awarded grant to enhance Maryland school librarianship

June 18, 2012

Professor of Library Science Dr. Mona Kerby is the recipient of a prestigious 2012 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant for nearly $240,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The $239,649 grant will fund 12 full scholarships for Library Science master’s degree students who are currently teachers in underserved regions of Maryland and also help send the students to professional conferences. The college will convert its School Librarianship graduate program to a completely online program to accommodate these students from Maryland’s far eastern, southern and western regions. Currently the program is a mix of two-thirds online and one-third face-to-face coursework.

“I’m just so excited,” said Kerby, after learning she was one of 32 recipients from a field of 106 applicants. “It means that not only will a dozen teachers benefit but every child in their schools will benefit from having a professional librarian on staff.”

Kerby and McDaniel’s program were selected for the grant as “premier examples of (projects) that would significantly increase the number of students enrolled in master’s and doctoral-level LIS programs and enhance curricula within graduate schools of library and information science, as well as programs of continuing education for librarians and library staff,” according to the grant award letter from IMLS.

The recipient of the college’s 2012 Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award, Kerby coordinates McDaniel’s master’s program in school library media and graduate certificate program in writing for children and young adults. She has written 11 books for children and young adults, including fiction, biography, science and a picture book. Her most recent title, “Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch,” earned awards in California and Vermont.

For more information, contact Dr. Kerby at rkerby@mcdaniel.edu.

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