The UNT Department of Library and Information Sciences received a grant from the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust to assist rural public libraries in Texas. Funding from the Priddy Trust will support a three-year project, Promoting & Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries (PEARL). The goal of the project is to enhance the role of public libraries in targeted rural communities in Texas. The Principal Investigator on the project is Yunfei Du, Assistant Professor and the Director is Herman Totten, Dean of the College of Information.


Five scholarships are available for students to complete a Certificate of Advanced Study in Rural Librarianship.


To assist with the PEARL project, 5 students who already have a Masters Degree will participate as mentors to project librarians. The students selected will have tuition and fees paid for to complete a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) with all classes delivered online beginning with the Fall 2010 Semester. This is for post-masters study and most of the credits can be applied toward a doctorate. Students will have two courses per semester paid for. They will have their way paid to the Texas Library Association each year, to a workshop at UNT at the beginning of each year, and to a yearly forum with region librarians. Additionally, they will have the following paid for: a webcam, internet access, cell phone plan, and a new laptop.



1. Complete the online application to be sent direct to the Project Directors. You will be notified of your selection in time to apply to UNT for formal admission to the University and Department of Library and Information Sciences (LIS). This process will be closed as soon as five acceptable candidates are identi­fied and their full admission status is completed.

2. Submit an application to UNT and to LIS. See for application details. GRE, MAT or other entrance exams are waived.


View the attached PDF for more information and selection criteria, or visit



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PEARL Project

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University of North Texas

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