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Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications: Deadline October 15

Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013, photo by Molly MageeARL is now accepting applications for the ARL Career Enhancement Program for 2014. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

 
 

ARL Joins ACE, Other Higher Ed Groups in Amicus Brief on Diversity in Admissions

image © Scott LengerOn August 30, ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 47 other organizations in submitting an amicus brief (PDF) to the US Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. In the brief, the amici urge the Supreme Court to overturn Michigan’s ban on considering race in college and university admissions. 

 
 

ARL/DLF Forum Fellowship Available for Underrepresented Groups

image © AT&T Conference Center, UT AustinARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are pleased to announce the new ARL/DLF Forum Fellowship for Underrepresented Groups. ARL and DLF are sponsoring up to five fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. Fellowships will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs and registration to the DLF Forum will be waived. The 2013 forum will be held on November 4–6 in Austin, Texas, and is open to all who are interested in playing an active role in the successful future of digital libraries, museum and archives services, and collections.

 
 

ARL Diversity Scholars Selected for 2013–2015

ARL Leadership Symposium 2013, photo by Jennifer ChampagneThe ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership has selected 15 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2013–2015 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline August 23, 2013

SAA logoARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the first cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

 
 

Higher Ed Associations Reaffirm Commitment to Diversity after Fisher v. UT

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ARL and 36 other members of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat placed an advertisement (PDF) in yesterday's New York Times declaring that diversity in higher education remains a national priority. Last week, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin et al., a closely watched case challenging the University of Texas’s consideration of race as part of its admissions policy. The Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit had not applied the correct level of scrutiny to the policy and sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit for review. In its decision the Supreme Court maintained the legal principle that the educational benefits of a diverse student body are a compelling governmental interest.

 
 

Supreme Court Sends Fisher v. UT Austin Back to Lower Court

us-supreme-courtimage © Mark FischerIn a decision issued Monday, June 24, the US Supreme Court avoided a final ruling in a closely watched case challenging the University of Texas’s consideration of race as part of its admissions policy. Instead, the court held that the Fifth Circuit had not applied the correct level of scrutiny to the policy.

 
 

ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment—Call for Participation 2013

rainbow-over-peckham-libraryimage © Julian BurgessARL invites participation in the ClimateQUAL survey in 2013. The online 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.

 
 

Mark Puente Responds to LJ Editorial on Diversity Recruitment

mark-puenteMark A. PuenteARL's director of diversity and leadership programs, Mark A. Puente, submitted the following comments to Library Journal (LJ) in response to the May 23 editorial by Michael Kelley, "The MLS and the Race Line": Mr. Kelley provides some interesting and provocative comments about the effectiveness of diversity recruitment programs such as the collaboration between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) recently funded by IMLS. But as previous commenters have pointed out to him, no one strategy is going to be effective for every recruit and a variety of approaches should be used. ARL’s approach should be seen within a larger context of attempts to ameliorate this vexing problem.

 
 

Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications—Deadline June 14, 2013

irdw-diversity-scholars-2013-15ARL IRDW Diversity Scholars 2013-15, photo by Molly MageeARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries. The IRDW includes a stipend in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career development training, a site visit to the Purdue University Libraries, financial support for skills development, and a formal mentorship program.

 
 
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