From the IMLS website:
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) invests in the nation’s information infrastructure by funding projects designed to address the education and training needs of the professionals who help build, maintain, and provide public access to the world’s wide-ranging information systems and sources.
In 2012, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and archivists, to conduct research, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and archivists. This grant program is especially interested in developing information professionals who can help manage the burgeoning data generated by the nation’s researchers, serve as stewards of the nation’s cultural legacy, and meet the information needs of the underserved. The program also seeks to help librarians develop the information and digital literacy of their communities, as well as other critical skills their users will need to be successful in the 21st century.
This program addresses the field’s need to advance the work of new faculty in library and information science by supporting an early career development program for untenured, tenure-track faculty. Research conducted under the early careers program should be in the faculty member’s particular research area and is not restricted to research on the profession.
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program invites all members of the library community to play an active role in ensuring that the profession is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century by fostering the development of a new generation of faculty, librarians, and archivists preparing library leaders, and strengthening schools of library and information science.
The deadline for this grant is December 15, 2011. For more information, please visit the LB21 web page.