Since its founding in 1955, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) has engaged in a wide variety of projects and programs designed to advance the study of Latin America and Latino/a populations in the United States. With its library focus, SALALM continues to foster innovative approaches to the access of documentation concerning the area, its peoples and societies. Service to a broad community of scholars, librarians, information specialists, students, and international agencies also constitutes an important function of SALALM.
Beginning in 2011 SALALM will offer a $1000 scholarship for masterís degree candidates in library and information studies in ALA accredited programs. Applicants should have completed successfully at least one quarter or semester of study, and hold a strong interest in Latin America or Latino/a populations. Such interest may include previous work, internships, undergraduate or graduate-level study, involvement through volunteer programs with governmental or non-governmental organizations, and publications on topics relevant to the area. Competency with one of the area¬ís languages is important. Prospective candidates should have career objectives involving library and information centers with a dedicated commitment to service the needs of users seeking information or researching topics involving Latin America or Latino/a populations.
The formal announcement of the scholarship¬ís requirements and application deadlines will be on the SALALM website http://www.salalm.org/ as well as the various schools of library and information studies by early fall 2011. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to review the SALALM website and itspublications to grain familiarity with the wide range of its on-going projects as well as the specialized activities of the many affiliated groups.
The scholarship will be awarded by mid-December and include a year¬ís membership in SALALM.
For further information, please contact the SALALM Secretariat at email@example.com.