Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
Mark A. Puente is the director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a position he has held since March of 2009.
He directs all aspects of the Association’s diversity recruitment and leadership development programs, and serves as the ARL staff liaison to the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership. Mark advises the ARL ClimateQUAL Team on diversity issues. He is also responsible for the ARL Career Resources and services, designs and directs the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, and leads the planning of the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC), offered biennially.
Mark has been actively involved with diversity and leadership issues since the beginning of his library career. He was a 2003 ALA Spectrum Scholar and continues to be engaged in the coordination of and programming for the Spectrum Scholar Leadership Institute. He is also a graduate of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians (MIECL) and the Harvard/ACRL Leadership Institute.
Mark’s research interests are centered on diversity and leadership issues, particularly in the context of academic/research libraries and fine arts librarianship. He has presented at regional and national conferences on topics such as networking, minority recruitment strategies, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and residency programs in academic libraries.
Previously, Mark was the coordinator of digital projects and special/gift collections for the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a resident/music librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While pursuing his MLIS, Mark worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona’s Fine Arts Library and as a staff member and intern at the Music Library at the University of North Texas.
Mark is a graduate of the Knowledge River Program at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona. The program seeks to recruit Latinos/Hispanics and Native Americans into the field of librarianship. He earned an MA in music (voice) from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to entering the library profession, Mark was an applied voice instructor in his hometown of San Antonio for 13 years and also worked in opera administration in Texas and Arkansas.