09.25.06

Schumer Announces Over $197,000 For Syracuse University

Funds Will Support Research At The School Of Information Studies

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $197,635 in federal funding has been awarded to Syracuse Universitys School of Information Studies. These federal funds are being awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the National Leadership Grant program.

"This is great news for Syracuse University, Schumer said. Better research tools will ensure that the university students are able to produce work that will have a lasting impact on a national level. This funding will allow Syracuse University to expand its influence in the academic world. The Syracuse University School of Information Studies Center for Digital Literacy will explore how eighthgrade students selfperceptions and other motivational factors influence how they seek information in school libraries. This research will help form a sound basis for improved practices in school libraries.

National Leadership Grants help libraries and museums to advance learning, build digital resources, and conduct research and demonstration projects. Projects will enable libraries and museums to address current problems in creative ways, develop and test innovative solutions, and expand the boundaries within which cultural heritage institutions operate. Projects will provide creative solutions to issues of national importance and provide leadership for other organizations. The institutions selected to receive National Leadership grants have shown that their projects will have national impact and generate results that can be widely replicated, extending the benefit of this federal support. In 2006, over $11 million dollars were awarded by the IMLS to thirtyseven projects under this grant program.



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