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ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) - Call for Applications

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Programs are accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (the Initiative), a program designed to recruit LIS graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds into careers in research libraries. The Initiative includes a stipend up to $10,000, leadership and
career development training, and a formal mentorship program.

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, offers a stipend up to $10,000 (over two years) to attract LIS graduate students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries. These stipends can be combined with other financial aid to provide an extra incentive for completing library and information science degrees. This initiative reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis of global perspectives in the academy.
Program Goal and Objectives:

*Attracting LIS graduate students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries, especially students with an educational background in applied and natural sciences or information technology*

*Strengthening participants’ leadership skills via a Leadership Institute held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter Meeting

*Developing a network of mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants

*Candidates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Those without academic training in natural/applied sciences or information technology/computer science will be required to complete coursework that will better prepare the candidate to work in science librarianship or information technology.

Program Design
The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce comprises three components over a two-year timeframe: (1) stipend award and disbursement, (2) an ongoing Mentoring Relationship, and (3) a two-day Leadership Institute hosted in conjunction with ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. A “community of learners” will be created with in-person exchanges and online interaction among the Diversity Scholar cohort and their mentors.
Mentor Relationship

Mentors will be recruited based on mutual interest. Mentors are asked to commit time to the program’s success; this includes interacting virtually and in-person as needed with his or her designated protégé. Mentors are expected to interact selectively, but regularly, with ARL Diversity Scholars via electronic communications, conference calls, and by attending the networking reception held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Scholar-and-mentor pairs will establish mutual expectations for their newly developed working relationship.
Program Promotion

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce is a highly visible program sponsored by ARL member institutions and the Institute of Library and Museum Services. ARL Diversity Scholars are expected to work with ARL to provide information (i.e., résumé, photo, e-mail address, etc.) to inform the ARL community about their participation in the program. ARL will announce the Diversity Scholars in print, online, and other communication vehicles, and provide information about each scholar on a public Web site.


Application Criteria
1. Member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Note: Racial and ethnic group membership is based on the categories outlined in the US Census. Racially and ethnically underrepresented groups include: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.)

2.Acceptance into an ALA-accredited LIS graduate program

3.Interest in pursuing a career in a research library

Application Checklist

Completed applications should be submitted by Monday, August 31, 2009. Go to http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/call.shtml for more information on the application.

Posted by kkowatch at August 11, 2009 05:14 PM


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