In this inaugural issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Initiatives four participants reflect on their experiences during the ARL Leadership Institute. Bergis Jules, diversity scholar in the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, answers the question, "How has the ARL Leadership Institute and Diversity Scholarship impacted my career?" Lyn Batty and Vaishali Jahagirdar, fellows in the ARL Academy, report the highlights of the institute from their perspective. Shannon D. Jones, a Leadership and Career Development Program fellow, describes how the institute reenergized her desire to become a library leader.
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.
image © Julian BurgessLearn more about the new ClimateQUAL Lite survey protocol in a free ARL online seminar. The ClimateQUAL survey collects information about (a) library staff perceptions of the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. The survey addresses such issues as diversity, teamwork, learning, fairness, current managerial practices, and staff attitudes and beliefs.
LCDP poster session,
image © Chimene TuckerThe closing ceremonies and poster session for the 2013–2014 cohort of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) were held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28, 2014, during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. This marks the completion of the eighth iteration of the LCDP since its inception in 1997. The closing ceremonies included formal remarks from ARL president Carol Diedrichs, as well as reflections from 2013–2014 fellow Joel Thornton of the Texas A&M University Libraries. The poster session highlighted research projects conducted by the fellows during their 18-month fellowship. The event was attended by numerous ARL member library directors, LCDP alumni, and special guests.
image © Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference CenterARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are sponsoring up to four fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. The fellowship application deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
The fellowships will provide up to $1,250 each, to be applied towards travel, board, and lodging expenses associated with attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive a complimentary full registration to the forum ($475). Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post about their experience subsequent to the forum; this blog post will be published by DLF.
ARL’s Shaneka Morris and University of Maryland professor Paul Hanges present a half-hour web seminar on ClimateQUAL Lite, a shorter form of the conventional ClimateQUAL® survey that preserves data integrity while allowing institutions to assess library staff perceptions of the most essential aspects of the library's climate for diversity.
This webcast aired September 11, 2014.
image © GA Tech Hotel and Conference CenterThe selection committee for the ARL/Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups has chosen five recipients for this award for 2014. Each fellow will receive complimentary registration for the DLF Forum, equivalent to $475, and financial support for travel, board, and lodging expenses up to a total of $1,250. The forum will be held October 27–29 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.
photo by Jennifer ChampagneMembers of the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership have selected 13 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars.
Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.
UW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL and the conference planning committee have awarded five outstanding individuals Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards for 2014. These grants are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. The awards cover attendance, travel, and meals at the Library Assessment Conference, which will be held at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, August 4–7, 2014.
image © Kevin DooleyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):