Wednesday, July 11, 2007

UPDATE Regarding Professional Education for Small Community Librarians (PESCL) Program

We just received this information from Library Management Consultant Dawn Vogler at TSLAC and wanted to be sure to pass it on right away.

TSLAC met with the folks from TWU and TLA last night about this grant. Questions have been coming in that I wasn't able to answer specifically. So, here are a few answers:

Applicants do need a Bachelor's degree to apply!

Preference will be given to those that have completed the SLM program. However, you won't necessarily be penalized if you have one course missing if you have intention of completing it in the future. There is some flexibility here. I did let Dr. Martin and Dr. Jeng know that we had a weather issue last December in Amarillo and though we had a make-up date, there are still some out there missing a few hours. They indicated that this would not be a problem.

Those interested in applying need to take a standardized test. There are some options here, so it's not just the GRE:
GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) scores are accepted.
I hadn't heard of the MAT, so here is more information in the link below. Some may find this test of analytical skills more palatable than the GRE where more math is involved:

There is NO minimum score required for graduate admission to TWU. They cannot advertise this fact, but said I could pass the word on. I know many of you feared taking the GRE, but this will not be a large factor in admissions.

They prefer 5 or more years of library experience - it does not have to be at the Director level and they will take some volunteer positions into account.
If you started an MLS program at another university, you will not be discounted from this program if you meet the qualifications. You don't necessarily have to reveal that you started a program if you only have a semester in. However, those that are further into another program, can only transfer up to 6 graduate hours to TWU.

Applicants will be notified in December 2007 of acceptance into the cohort. Application deadline is October 15, 2007.

They are expecting a high level of dedication to this program for the entire 2 years, plus participation at TLA through 2010. Though some attrition is expected due to family emergencies and life changes, they are looking for people who are going to stay the course with this program. So, you might want to emphasize how you are going to juggle such a program with your work duties in your letter of intent. Will your city be kind enough to give you work time to complete the program? If so, what a bonus, tell them so in the application! If you've participated in TLA, also let them know.

You need broadband access to complete the online program.

Applicants will first be accepted into the program like any other applicant to TWU's SLIS program. Once you pass that hurdle, you will then be passed on to Dr. Martin and Dr. Jeng (and possibly an advisory board they are assembling now), for further consideration. Phone interviews may be conducted.

Drs. Martin and Jeng are aiming for an in-person orientation over the MLK holiday weekend for those accepted.

Should you have more specific questions, see the website and the contacts here:
I'm very excited about this opportunity and wish you all the best of luck! If you aren't one of the first 30, there may be another opportunity like this in the future.

Thanks, Dawn
Dawn Vogler
Library Management Consultant
Texas State Library & Archives Commission PO Box 12927 Austin, TX 78711-2927
(512) 936-4449 phone
(512) 463-8800 fax

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