The 2005 theme is: Librarians and the Political Scene: getting Involved in the Process! Access to government documents, copyright, intellectual freedom, library funding, privacy, and the USA PATRIOT Act are some of the political issues affecting libraries in recent years. As future library professionals, how, why and to what extent, if any, do you think librarians should get involved in the political process??
The E. J. Josey Scholarships are two (2) unrestricted grants of $2,000 (beginning in 1997) awarded annually to African American students enrolled in, or accepted by, ALA accredited programs. Applicants are judged on the basis of application essays of 1,000 to 1,200 words discussing issues, problems, or challenges facing library service to minority populations such as African Americans, and other supporting documentation submitted for review by the scholarship committee.
Persons Wishing to Apply Must:
* Be an African American Citizen of the United States or Canada.
* Be enrolled or accepted by ALA-accredited graduate program
leading to a degree in library and information science at the time of application.
* Submit an essay of 1,000 - 1,200 words discussing the theme. Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2004 (postmark date). The recipient of the award will be notified by February 28, 2005
* Include a cover letter providing the applicant's name, address, phone number, graduate program, and name of school and anticipated date of graduation.
* The essay must be typed, doubled-spaced.
Submit your essay for the award to: E. J. Josey Scholarship Committee
ATTN: Michael Walker
849 W. Wythe Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
Essays will be judged on the basis of good argument development and critical analysis, clear language,
conciseness, and creativity. Submitted essays will not be returned.