Recruiting and preparing military veterans for careers in librarianship

This article was originally published in the February 2018 issue of the Federal Librarian Newsletter by Virginia Sanchez,
MLIS, Research Library, Yosemite National Park.

Reaching Those Who Served (RTWS) is a 3-year Institute of Museums and Library Services recruitment of military veterans to library and information science graduate programs. The grant enables RTWS to provide scholarships for 12 military veterans to pursue a master’s in library and information science at one of three universities.

Over the course of this 3-year project, RTWS will: 1) collect data on strategies to draw military veterans into library and information science (LIS) master’s degree programs 2) apply and test these strategies through recruiting, admitting, and providing financial and social support for 12 military veterans to make substantial progress toward completing a master’s degree at one of 3 American Library Association (ALA) accredited programs.

With their strong service orientation, motivation to serve others, interest in change and life-long learning, flexibility, and adaptability, military veterans have the qualities to be excellent prospective students for graduate library and information science programs.

The universities are the University of Texas at Austin, which is offering a “face to face” program; San Jose State University, which is offering an entirely online program; and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, which is offering a “hybrid”, or combination of online and face to face, program.

For more information, visit the RTWS website: http://www.reachingthosewhoserved.org/

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