Do you reside in Montana or Alaska? Are you interested in Library Sciences? Are you interested in Indigenous Studies? If so, then you need to know about the Indigenous Perspectives in School Libraries (IPSL) scholarship at Montana State University (MSU). The IPSL scholarship is a fully funded opportunity for you to earn a Library Media Certificate (LMC) online and become a part of the next generation of culturally responsive school librarians!

IPSL is a community catalyst project that seeks to build capacity by preparing school librarians serving Indigenous populations to be culturally relevant educators who can serve as models and leaders in their schools and communities. To accomplish this goal, IPSL consists of two interrelated components:

  • Redesign the MSU school library preparation program to feature a culturally relevant and responsive curriculum including Indigenous perspectives; and
  • Recruit and train 30 teachers in Alaska and Montana to become school librarians who are prepared to be culturally relevant educators in their states.

All of this will be accomplished via MSU’s fully online three-semester, 21-credit Master’s-level LMC program which leads to a teaching endorsement as a K-12 library media specialist in AK, MT, and many other states. Applicants residing in rural areas and/or serving Alaska Native populations/Montana reservation communities will be given priority consideration. Why MSU’s LMC Program?

  • MSU’s LMC Program is 100% online and courses are asynchronous
  • No GRE required
  • Graduate in as little as 3 semesters (1 academic year)
  • MSU’s LMS Certificate curriculum aligns with Montana Indian Education for All (IEFA) and Alaska’s Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools as well as continues to meet state and national Library Media Specialist Preparation Standards.

For more information on the Indigenous Perspectives in School Libraries Project and Scholarship, a schedule of our recruitment events, and how to apply for MSU’s Library Media Certificate Program, email us at librarymedia@montana.edu or visit our website at http:/ bit.ly/msulibrarymedia. Also, you can keep up to date on all the exciting developments of the IPSL project by following us on Twitter @msulibrarymedia and Facebook @msulibrarymediacertificate. We hope you will consider this opportunity and share it with as many teachers as you can!