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.
SPEC Kit 319 explores what progress has been made in ARL member libraries to recruit and retain a diverse workforce; the strategies they use to increase the number of ethnically/culturally diverse librarians in the profession and in their libraries; the elements of programs that successfully support an inclusive workplace; the people, groups, and/or committees responsible for overseeing the programs; and how libraries are assessing the effectiveness and success of such programs. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of diversity statements, diversity plans, and descriptions of diversity and recruitment programs.
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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.
RLI issue 270 includes:
- Celebrating 10 Years of ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce
- ETDs and Graduate Education: Programs and Prospects
- Urban Copyright Legends
- Open Access Week: Library Strategies for Advancing Change
Proceedings of the 153rd ARL Membership Meeting, October 2008
The fifth issue of Synergy describes two ARL diversity initiatives. Included in this issue are the calls for applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and the Leadership and Career Development Program.
The fourth issue of Synergy
announces the fourth annual Leadership Institute for MLS graduate students. The Leadership Institute objectives are:
- provide a theoretical overview of macro-level issues facing research libraries;
- provide advice on career opportunities in, and transitioning into a research library;
- develop a community of learners amongst the participants; provide opportunities for both formal and informal mentoring; and
- provide opportunities to network with ARL library leaders.
This edition of Synergy features the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). It focuses on the LCDP fellows' experience at the Research, Teaching, and Learning Institute hosted by Joan Giesecke, dean of libraries, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries, and Celebrating 10 Years of the LCDP.
In this issue of Synergy, five authors discuss the vital role residency programs have played in the recruitment and professional development of newly credentialed librarians. The authors are:
- Julie Brewer, University of Delaware
- Marissa Alcorta, Purdue University
- LaVerne Gray, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Teresa Neely, University of New Mexico
- Megan Perez, ARL Diversity Scholar
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.
A scanned version of SPEC Kit 230 is available full view through HathiTrust. View document here »
A PDF of SPEC Flyer 225 is available here spec-kit-225-arl-partnerships-program.pdf