RIPL 2016: Scholarship Application Rubric


The following items will be used to evaluate the scholarship application:

-Application has been submitted (YES/NO)

-Supervisor/MLIS Faculty Member Statement of Support has been submitted (YES/NO)

-Applicant is either a) staff working in a Colorado public library or b) a Colorado resident enrolled in an MLIS program or an MLIS 2016 graduate at the time of the institute in September 2016. (YES/NO)

-Applicant works in a small or rural library, or with underserved populations. (YES/NO)

Note: Special consideration will be given to applicants working in small or rural libraries and/or those working with underserved populations. However, staff working in any Colorado public library are encouraged to apply for scholarships.

-Please rate the quality of each applicant’s responses to the following questions from 0-5 (0=absent, 5=highest rating):

  1. Why are you interested in attending RIPL?
  2. What skills do you hope to gain or enhance through participation in the institute?
  3. How do you plan to implement the knowledge and skills gained at RIPL in your library? (Or, for MLIS students not currently working in a public library, please answer this question in terms of how you would implement the knowledge and skills in a future position at a public library.)
  4. How do you plan to share what you have learned with a) staff at your library and b) the Colorado library community? (Or, for MLIS students not currently working in a public library, please answer this question in terms of how you would share what you have learned with your fellow MLIS students.)

-Please rate each application from 0-3 (0=absent, 3=highest rating) on the following:

  1. Written communication skills
  2. Commitment to:
    • learning about data
    • incorporating research and evaluation into workflow
  3. Passion for making data sing

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