Wayne State University

Project IDOL

Project Increasing Diversity of Librarians (IDOL) is accepting applications for Fall 2014 from February 1 – June 1. Project IDOL Fellows will receive full tuition for their MLIS degree, to be completed online within 2 years, as well as the advisory support of individual mentors, and additional funds for books, conference travel and a personal computer. The School encourages applicants from anywhere in North America, as the MLIS degree can be completed entirely online.

Project IDOL is a collaboration between the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance. WSU SLIS and the HBCU Library Alliance have received funding from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to increase the diversity of the library profession.  In this 3-year project, the two partner organizations will recruit, mentor, and provide an online Master of Library and Information Science degree to 10 students from historically underrepresented groups in order to achieve greater diversity among practicing library professionals. SLIS will provide the education with its online MLIS format and the HBCU library alliance will assist with recruitment and retention through mentorship of the selected students by library professionals with senior level experience and prior mentorship training.  

Project IDOL applicants must be new students, admitted to the WSU MLIS program for Fall 2014, in order to be considered for Project IDOL funding. Thus, applicants must satisfy the admissions criteria for the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science described at http://slis.wayne.edu/admissions/ and complete a WSU Graduate Application for Admission. In addition to the standard MLIS application items, the following items are required for Project IDOL applicants. They should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@wayne.edu and/or sent to SLIS Program Records Clerk Llauna Parker at ab1790@wayne.edu.

  • 3 letters of recommendation 
  • Project IDOL Application essay which articulates why you should be chosen for this degree, what underserved group you represent and what unique contribution you could make to the LIS profession. The statement should be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words (1-2 pages).
  • The above items can be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@wayne.edu and/or sent to SLIS Program Records Clerk Llauna Parker at ab1790@wayne.edu.

Project IDOL finalists will be contacted by mid-June to schedule a virtual interview that will take place during the week of June 23 – June 27.

Questions? Please contact SLIS Academic Services Officer, Matt Fredericks, aj8416@wayne.edu or SLIS Project IDOL faculty member, Dr. Kafi Kumasiak4901@wayne.edu.

Please complete the application below to indicate your interest in Fall 2014 admission into Project IDOL. 

Submissions for this form have closed on June 2, 2014.