The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, gives master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust fellowship experience that includes an internship in an ARL member library. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and other research institutions and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.
ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2012–2013. Data are reported for 10,072 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,823 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.
On October 31, 2013, ARL joined more than 40 associations in signing this amicus brief in support of the University of Texas in its appeal of the ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. The case challenges the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Texas.
This webcast, recorded November 5, 2013, focuses on the enormous staffing changes occurring in research libraries, in terms of both demographics and demand for skills. The presenters are Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries, and Stanley Wilder, university librarian at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
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 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 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.
Mark 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.
ARL 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.
ARL Diversity Scholars 2011-2013, photo by Holly KuperARL is now accepting applications for the ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (ARL/MLA DII). This scholarship program, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member libraries, offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) degree while gaining valuable “hands-on” experience in a large academic music library environment. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within academic music librarianship by providing support for the graduate education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession.
Mark A. PuenteThis National Journal article about recruiting minority librarians into the profession features ARL’s Diversity Programs and Director of Diversity & Leadership Programs Mark A. Puente. “For the librarian workforce to reach parity with the nation’s demographics…Puente stresses, ‘we would have to hire tens of thousands of librarians of color...’”
Poster presented at the LCDP Luminary Class, June 2012. How have research libraries chronicled the lives of African American students on campus? What are the subject headings and finding aids for student organizations, dissertations, sororities and fraternities, or oral histories? What factors (procedure, personnel, Alumni groups) have impacted the inclusion of materials in library collections?
Poster presented at the LCDP Luminary Class, June 2012. The Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce has succeeded in recruiting librarians from racial and ethnic minority groups to careers in academic and research libraries, with over 75% of program participants who currently hold library positions working in these types of libraries. Participants rate the program highly, with 86% stating that the program was very important/important in advancing their career. Three of the six program components of IRDW scored highly on the very favorable/favorable scale: participants valued the stipend funding, the leadership institute, and the visit to the Purdue University Libraries. The mentorship program was the lowest rated of the program components, and participants perceived this component to need improvement.
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.
This webcast, held April 17, 2012, provides potential and current participants with vital information on the ClimateQUAL® service, a survey protocol capturing data on Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment (OCDA). This one-hour webcast provides practical information for administering a survey, helps participants with interpreting the data and its analysis, and shares best practices in using the results. For more info, visit http://www.climatequal.org/.