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Grant to educate new librarian

The New Mexico State University Library has been awarded $21,000 by the Rio Grande Initiative, a collaborative library education project coordinated by the University of North Texas (UNT) and funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

U Library will sponsor one of about 20 bilingual librarians-in-training living in Borderland communities who will work in participating libraries while they obtain their master's degrees in Library and Information Sciences from UNT.

Dennis Daily, an employee in the Archives & Special Collections Department, has been selected as NMSU's librarian-in-training. Grant funds will support his tuition and fees, a portion of his salary and project-related expenses, such as travel.

"It is the perfect opportunity for me to obtain my MLIS and learn the things that others working in the library already know," Daily said. "I feel very fortunate to have been chosen for this program."

The librarians-in-training live in border communities and the project goal is that they will continue to live and work in these communities after graduation. The new bilingual librarians will be in a good position to communicate with and meet the information needs of the Spanish-speaking population in the Borderland.