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In an announcement describing its Academic Librarians for Tomorrow’s Academic Researchers (ALSTARS) program, which seeks to develop subject specialist librarians, the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science referred to the shortage of subject and language specialists in the field. The work of the WESS Committee on Recruitment to the Profession as well as scholarship by WESS member Charlene Kellsey were prominently mentioned, together with that of other groups and individuals.
ALSTARS is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will provide funding for twenty-four full-time LIS students enrolling in Spring 2006 and graduating no later than Fall 2007. Recipients are required to have an advanced subject degree or special language skills, or to be willing to enter into a dual-degree program to earn both an LIS degree and a subject master’s degree. More information about the program may be found at http://www.cas.usf.edu/lis/alstars/grant.html
--reported by Brian Vetruba
College & Research Libraries
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