[Federal Register: April 26, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 82)]
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[CFDA Nos. 84.036A and B]

Office of Educational Research and Improvement--Library Education
and Human Resource Development Program (Higher Education Act, Title II-
B, Institutes and Fellowships); Notice Inviting Applications For New
Awards for Fiscal Year 1996

    Purpose of Program: Promotes high quality library and information 
science education and provides fellowship and institute grants to 
institutions of higher education and library organizations or agencies 
to recruit, educate, and train persons, and to establish, develop, or 
expand programs, through courses of study or staff development in 
library and information science.
    Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher 
education, library organizations, and library agencies.
    For Fellowship Projects for FY 1996, only new Master's degree level 
applications will be accepted.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: 6/10/96.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 8/9/96.
    Applications Available: 5/1/96.
    Estimated Available Funds:
    (a) Institute Projects (84.036A): $1,000,000.
    (b) Fellowship Projects (84.036B): $1,000,000.

    Note: Applicants should note that Congress has not yet enacted 
final appropriations for Department of Education programs for FY 
1996. As a result of final action, funds available for this 
competition could be reduced or even eliminated.

    Estimated Range of Awards:
    (a) Institute Projects (84.036A): $15,000-150,000.
    (b) Fellowship Projects (84.036B): $22,000-170,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards:
    (a) Institute Projects (84.036A): $82,000.
    (b) Fellowship Projects (84.036B): $54,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards:
    (a) Institute Projects (84.036A): 12.
    (b) Fellowship Projects (84.036B): 19.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Periods:
    (a) Institute Grants. A long-term institute project must provide at 
least one academic year but no more than 12 months of training; a 
short-term institute project must provide at least one week but no more 
than six weeks of training.
    (b) Fellowship Grants. A new fellowship grant at the master's level 
must be at least one academic year.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The regulations for this program in 34 
CFR Part 776; and (b) The Education Department General Administrative 
Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 85, and 86.
    Priorities: Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) and 34 CFR 776.5 the 
Secretary gives an absolute preference to applications that meet one or 
more of the following priorities. The Secretary funds under this 
competition only applications that meet one or more of these absolute 

Institute Projects and Fellowship Projects

    Absolute Priority 1: To recruit, educate, train, retrain and retain 
minorities in library and information sciences.
    Absolute Priority 2: To educate, train, or retrain library 
personnel in areas of library specialization where there are currently 
shortages, such as school media, children's services, young adult 
services, science reference, cataloging, and library service 
    Absolute Priority 3: To educate, train, or retrain library 
personnel in new techniques of information acquisition, transfer, and 
management of communication technology.
Institute Projects Only
    Absolute Priority 4: To educate, train, or retrain library 
personnel to serve the information needs of the elderly, the 
illiterate, the disadvantaged, or residents of rural America, including 
Native Americans.
    For Applications or Information Contact: Neal Kaske, U.S. 
Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 300, 
Washington, DC 20208-5571. Telephone (202) 219-1315. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    For Electronic Access to Information: Information about the 
Department's funding opportunities, including copies of application 
notices for discretionary grant competitions, can be viewed on the 
Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), telephone (202) 260-
9950; or on the Internet Gopher Server at GOPHER.ED.GOV (under 
Announcements, Bulletins and Press Releases) or the WWW server at 
http://www.ed.gov/ (under Money Matters, Funding Opportunities). 
However, the official application notice for a discretionary grant 
competition is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1021, 1032.

    Dated: April 23, 1996.
Sharon P. Robinson,
Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 96-10392 Filed 4-25-96; 8:45 am]