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chim-imls scholaship 

Institute Museum StudiesWelcome to Catholic University of America's Library and Information Science program (LIS), and congratulations on receiving the CHIM-IMLS Scholarship!!! This page is for those who have been awarded the CHIM scholarship up through 2013. At this time, no scholarships are available for incoming students Spring 2014. 

We wish you the best of luck! 

LIS has received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarianship grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant will support students to pursue a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management (CHIM). Seventeen academically qualified IMLS-CHIM Fellows will be selected and are expected to complete degree requirements between 2013 and 2015.

The Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration (“course of study”) in LIS educates cultural heritage information professionals for the 21st century and prepares students for careers in cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) have a wealth of cultural heritage resources and have urgent needs to apply the latest digital technology for the management, use, and preservation of cultural heritage resources for future generations. CHIM is designed to address such needs. It is a competency-based concentration, focusing on five areas: contextual foundations, resource management and digital curation, information organization, information service, and digital technology. The five competencies are closely related and represent interconnected components of professional work that manifest themselves in LAM collaboration and convergence.

This scholarship is made up various components:

  1. A minimum of 36 hours of Coursework, including 24 hours (8 classes) of specialized Cultural Heritage Information Management classes.
  2. Attendence at a professional Conference of the student's choice
  3. 120 hours of fieldwork, done at one of our 7, nationally recognized, practicum partner libraries
  4. Participation in the Spring 2015 CHIM Public Forum - a public event to promote dialogs and collaboration among cultural institutions and practitioners in the Washington Metropolitan region, LIS will host a public forum in the spring of 2015. Leaders of the field will be invited to share their views on critical issues and challenges for the field. CHIM Students will present their practicum experience. Practicum supervisors and professionals from cultural institutions will be invited to attend the forums. (More informaiton about the Forum will be available closer to the Spring 2015 date).
  5. Successful completion of the CUA School of Library and Information Science Comprehensive Exam (see details here).

At the completion of this degree, the student will be awarded a Master of Science of Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) degree from an ALA- accredited school and be a recognized CHIM-IMLS Fellow. This degree will provide ample opportunity to work in many different aspect of the Library, Archives, Museum, or Information Center world.

Contact Information

Dr. Youngok Choi - Program Director
CSL Suite 451A


Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee - Co-Program Director
CSL Suite 451A

Louise Gray - Program Coordinator
CSL Suite 314B