Overcoming Barriers to Information Access: Educating the Next Generation of Library and Information Science Leaders

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies has recently been awarded a large IMLS grant to support six new PhD students pursuing research in overcoming barriers to information access. Details here and here, and below:

Overcoming Barriers to Information Access (B2A):
Educating the Next Generation of Library and Information Science Leaders Doctoral Fellowships

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

The UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies is now accepting applications for six full-time doctoral students with research interests that address barriers to information access as they relate to one of the three areas of specialization within the doctoral program:

  • Information organization – e.g., cultural bias in knowledge organization systems
  • Information policy – e.g., information poverty and accessibility, digital divide issues
  • Information retrieval – e.g., human-computer interaction barriers, system design to accommodate different information seeking styles


Applicants selected for admission through this program will receive fellowships to cover:

  • Tuition and benefits for full-time study for three to four years
  • A scholarship/stipend of approximately $19,000 annually during the first three years of the program
  • Annual travel support for attendance at relevant conferences
  • A laptop computer with essential software
  • An annual allowance for the purchase of books and software

Admitted students will be provided extensive mentoring, opportunities to engage in research in their areas of interest, teaching opportunities, and other opportunities for engagement in SOIS activities.

We are committed to providing priority enrollment to applicants from under-represented backgrounds that will increase the diversity of doctoral graduates in library and information science. Diversity will be considered in all its forms: race/ethnicity, physical challenge, gender/orientation minorities, etc.


For complete application details, please visit the PhD Application Information page. The deadline for receipt of applications for the 2011-2012 program consideration is January 15, 2011.


For more information about the B2A program and the PhD in Information Studies, please contact:

Professor Dietmar Wolfram
Director, PhD Program in Information Studies
School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201

Telephone: (414) 229-6836
Fax: (414)229-6699
E-mail: dwolfram@uwm.edu

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