Indigenous Perspectives in School Librarianship
Scholarship Applications Open!
Applications for the IPSL Cohort 2 scholarship are currently open. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2022. Applicants must also apply for the Library Media Certificate Program for the Fall 2022 term. See below for more details on the scholarship.
Montana State University's (MSU) Department of Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Development is excited to announce that it has received a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program that enhances its Library Media Certificate (LMC) Program and provides scholarships for students accepted into the LMS Certificate Program. Read more about the IPSL Project announcement.
Indigenous Perspectives in School Librarianship (IPSL) project began in August 2020 and consists of two major components: 1) Engage in the development of an open-access, culturally relevant and responsive curriculum for school librarian preparation programs with an emphasis on Indigenous perspectives; and 2) Utilize this curriculum to recruit, train, and develop a total of thirty school library professionals in Alaska and Montana.
The IPSL project will recruit 15 teachers in Alaska and Montana in each academic year for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. Teachers will be awarded funding to complete the LMC program which leads to a teaching endorsement as a K-12 Library Media Specialist in AK, MT, and many other states.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the IPSL Project Cover?
IPSL Scholarship includes:
- Tuition and fees for the 21-credit LMC program;
- Cost to attend participant's state library conference;
- Funds for course textbooks; and
- Virtual mentorship with an expert school librarian in MT or AK.
How is the IPSL Scholarship determined?
Selection into the IPSL project will be based on demonstrated experience serving Indigenous populations; commitment to school librarianship as a profession; interest in becoming a culturally relevant educator; interest in staying in their local communities; and interest in leadership in the profession.
Who is eligible to Apply?
IPSL Scholarshp candidates include certified teachers who have been accepted into MSU's LMC program, reside in Alaska or Montana, and are committed to serving Indigenous communities.
How long is the LMC Program?
The MSU Library Media Certificate program is a fully-online, 7 course (21-credit) certificate program that can be completed in 12 months. Students have the option to take an additional 3 classes (9-credits) and complete an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. Read more specifics about the LMC program of study.
What is the deadline to apply?
Now accepting applications for Fall 2022 (Cohort 2): April 1st, 2022
How to apply?
Applicants must complete the standard application process for admission to MSU'S LMC Program. Once admitted to the LMC program, IPSL scholarship candidates will be invited to complete a brief application to participate in the IPSL Project. The application for the LMC Program can be found here.
Upcoming Recruitment Events
(All events will be live and archived on your YouTube Channel)
Most current updates will be made available here:
- February 9th, 6pm MST – IPSL Scholarship Informational Webinar
- February 16th, 6pm MST – Youtube Live: Bill and TBD IPSL Advisory Board Member
- February 23rd, 6pm MST – Youtube Live: Bill and TBD IPSL Advisory Board Member
- March 2nd, 6pm MST – Youtube Live: Bill and TBD IPSL Student
- March9th, 6pm MST – Youtube Live: Bill and TBD IPSL Advisory Board Member
- March 23rd, 6pm MST – IPSL Scholarship Informational Webinar 2.0
- April 1st – Application Due Date: Library Media Certificate Program