[Federal Register: March 20, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 54)]
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Part IV

Department of Education


Library Education and Human Resource Development Program (Higher 
Education Act, Title II-B, Institutes and Fellowships); Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for FY 1997

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[CFDA Nos. 84.036A and B]

Libraryr Education and Human Resource Development Program (Higher 
Education Act, Title II-B, Institutes and Fellowships); Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 1997

    Purpose of Program: The Library Education and Human Resource 
Development 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. For FY 1997 the competition for new 
awards focuses on projects designed to meet one or more of the 
priorities listed in the ``PRIORITIES'' section of this notice.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, library 
organizations, and library agencies.
    For Fellowship Projects for FY 1997, only new Master's degree level 
applications will be accepted.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: 5/9/97.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 7/9/97.
    Applications Available: 3/20/97.

                                               Fiscal Information                                               
                                                        Available   Estimated range of    average     Estimated 
                 CFDA number and name                     funds           awards          size of     number of 
                                                                                           awards       awards  
84.036A, Institute Projects..........................     $900,000    $15,000-$150,000      $82,000           12
84.036B, Fellowship Projects.........................      900,000       22,000-88,000       44,000           21
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.                                              

    Maximum Award: For Fellowship Projects, in no case does the 
Secretary make an award greater than $88,000 for a single budget period 
of 12 months. The Secretary does not consider an application that 
proposes a budget exceeding this maximum amount.

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 Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 
85, and 86; and (b) the regulations for this program in 34 CFR Part 


    Absolute 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 absolute priorities in this notice. The Secretary funds 
under this competition only applications that meet one or more of these 

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.
    Invitational Priority: Within the absolute priorities, the 
Secretary is particularly interested in applications that meet the 
invitational priority in the next paragraph. However, an application 
that meets this invitational priority does not receive competitive or 
absolute preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
    To educate, train, or retrain library personnel in managing 
collaborative efforts with other libraries and educationally-centered 
organizations, e.g., museums, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Head Start 
centers, and especially k-12 schools, for the purposes of promoting 
reading and library services to children, young adults, and their 
parents and caretakers.
    For Applications or Information Contact: Chris Dunn or Judy Stark, 
U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 300, 
Washington, DC 20208-5571. Telephone (202) 219-2299 or 219-2284. 
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.
    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; on the Internet Gopher Server (at gopher.//
gcs. ed.gov); or on the World Wide Web server (at http://gcs.ed.gov). 
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: March 14, 1997.
Marshall S. Smith,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 97-6953 Filed 3-19-97; 8:45 am]