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Wayne State launches partnership with Bookstock to support student scholarships in new Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program

May 9th, 2011

Wayne State’s School of Library and Information Science recently announced scholarships for students enrolled in the university’s new Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program.

The scholarships are funded by Bookstock: Used Book & Media Sale, a community service project that uses proceeds from the sale of gently used books and other media to support education and literacy projects throughout Metro Detroit.

Bookstock representatives, along with contributing partners Gardner-White Furniture and Wallside Windows, were presented a check to the university and announced their commitment to annual scholarships during the event. Three $2,000 scholarships are available to students who qualify.

Dean Sandra Yee also discussed details of the Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program, which is the first of its kind in the nation. The Wayne State Board of Governors approved the 15-credit certificate program in January 2011. It will begin in the 2011 fall semester.

“The Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program provides students with the education and practical experience necessary to effectively serve library patrons with diverse economic, social and cultural needs,” Yee said. “We are grateful for Bookstock’s commitment to provide scholarships to deserving students who are dedicated to making a difference.”

Bookstock volunteers mobilize each year to host book and media sales events. This year’s Bookstock will be held May 15-22 at Laurel Park Place Mall in Livonia. Most books are priced at $3 or less. Bookstock has raised more than $530,000 over the past eight years. The sale is the culmination of a year’s worth of work by 600 volunteers who collected, sorted and organized books.

For more information about the Bookstock scholarship or the Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program, visit http://slis.wayne.edu/ or call (313) 577-1825. For more information about Bookstock, visit http://www.bookstock.info/.