Synergy, no. 11 (PDF) The 2014 issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. The newsletter provides an opportunity for ARL diversity programs participants to share information about key issues and emerging trends in the workplace.
This issue of Synergy features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. Camille Salas reflects on a service-learning project that was implemented as a product of formal library and information science coursework on universal design, and the nexus with the “makerspace” movement in libraries. Harrison Inefuku provides an update about the ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program, a collaborative diversity recruitment program entering its second year. The final article features three ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) fellows—Joy Doan, Rahni Kennedy, and Patrick Sifuentes—in a virtual fireside chat as they reflect on their experiences from the past year of their fellowships and the DII program.
In this issue, Alexandra Rivera, Jade Alburo, Makiba Foster, Lisa Chow, and Latanya Jenkins reflect on their experiences at the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Kansas City, Missouri.
In this issue, Eugenia Kim, 2010 ARL CEP Fellow, recounts her experience working as an intern, providing support for the Data Curation Profiles (DCP) project led by the Purdue University Libraries. Kiyomi Deards, 2009 ARL Diversity Scholar, provides an update on ARL efforts to recruit students from diverse backgrounds into science and technology roles in academic and research libraries. Former LCDP Fellow, Steve Adams, discusses a relatively new but important area of practice and inquiry—the Science of Team Science—and how librarians can and should insinuate themselves into the research process and be vital members of scientific research teams.
The theme of this issue is “transitions”. Whether transitioning from student to professional or from one position of leadership to another, one will always encounter challenges and opportunities that are unexpected and that can reshape one’s view of self and of the profession. Three former ARL Diversity programs participants offer their reflections on what it’s like to transition from one setting to another within the library and information profession, and how their experiences in ARL programs informed their thinking and behaviors as they made those transitions. The issue concludes with a call for applications for the newest diversity recruitment initiative administered by ARL and funded by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS). This partnership between ARL, the Music Library Association (MLA), and five partner ARL member libraries seeks to recruit students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into music and performing arts librarianship.
The theme for this issue is “research” and how libraries are supporting these endeavors in higher education and becoming invaluable partners in the enterprise. 2000-2001 Leadership and Career Development (LCDP) Fellow, Angela Lee (University of Washington) discusses current trends in data curation and management, specifically in the context of health sciences librarianship at her institution. Also in the health sciences arena, Myra Morales, 2009-2011 Diversity Scholar, defines Community Based Participatory Research and the role that the research librarian can play in this new paradigm – from support for or engaging in the methodology – to providing preservation services for the data collected. Last, Minglu Wang (Career Enhancement Fellow, 2009) speaks about her experience as the newly appointed data services librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library of Rutgers University. Wang makes the case for library and information professionals insinuating themselves into research projects much earlier in the process in order to help researchers develop more efficient and comprehensive data collection and management plans. All three of these authors provide solid evidence of the value that library and information science professionals bring to their organizations, and of the significant contributions that former ARL Diversity Programs participants are making to the profession.
In this issue, 2008-2010 Diversity Scholar, Nicole Branch, writes about her experience visiting the Purdue University Libraries in April of 2009. The event was the fifth time the ARL Diversity Scholars were hosted by Purdue for a ‘research library visit’. Sandra Baker, ARL Career Enhancement (CEP) Fellow in 2009, speaks about the entire fellowship experience, from her first meeting of her cohorts at the ARL Leadership Institute in Denver (January 2009), to the completion of her CEP fellowship last summer. Finally, Leadership and Career Development (LCDP) fellow, Kawanna Bright, from the North Carolina State University Libraries, chronicles the time spent in New Haven, CT and the Yale University Libraries for the Institute on Research, Teaching, and Learning.