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Department of Education Seeks Help in Finding LSL Funding Proposal Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Education is in the planning stages for a possible 2007 funding competition for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) Program, and there is a need for proposal reviewers to assist with the peer review process. As many as 700 applications are expected this year. They would appreciate any help in locating appropriate reviewers.

The program will be using the U.S. Department of Education’s “e-Reader” system. Reviewers will be sent hard copies of proposals to discuss with fellow peer reviewers during conference calls. The difference from other reviews will involve entering comments and scores on-line.  For more information about the e-Reader system please see the Department web site at:

We would appreciate it if you could have anyone interested in reviewing e-mail an updated resume to Irene Harwarth, the program Team Leader at You can feel free to call her at any time with any questions at (202) 401-3751.

The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program is looking
forward to an interesting and informative peer review experience. Your
work in helping find reviewers to select the best proposals will keep
this important program moving forward.


The U.S. Department of Education’s Improving Literacy Through School
Libraries (LSL) Program focuses on providing funding to school libraries in districts with 20 percent or more family poverty. Funds are used to improve reading achievement through updating the library collection, expanding internet connections, purchasing new technology, providing professional development for library media specialists, and extending school library hours. More information about this program can be found on the program’s web site.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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