The ARL Diversity Programs recruit people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into careers in research libraries (the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and the Career Enhancement Program), into the field of music and performing arts librarianship (the ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative), as well as the archives and special collections professional workforce (ARL/SAA Mosaic Program). Additionally, ARL's Leadership & Career Development Program has a focus on diversity.
Diversity Program participants reflect on their experiences in Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs.
The annual Leadership Symposium—a component of the ARL Diversity Programs—focuses on issues related to transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries.
The Diversity Programs also encompass ARL’s Job/Residency/Internship Listings.
ARL/MLA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (DII)
Librarians from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds are underrepresented within the field of music and performing arts librarianship.
With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries who better reflect evolving demographics of students and faculty in music and performing arts higher education. Read more >>
ARL/SAA Mosaic Program
The ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic 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. ARL/SAA will recruit 15 diverse students in archival science or special collections librarianship from August 2013 to May 2016. Read more >>
Career Enhancement Program (CEP)
The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, offers master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust internship experience in an ARL member library. Read more >>
Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW)
The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, offers a stipend of up to $10,000 to students currently enrolled in an MLIS or equivalent degree program from an ALA–accredited institution in support of graduate library and information science (LIS) education. The purpose of the program is to attract students from racial and ethnic minority groups to careers in academic and research libraries. Read more >>
Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP)
The ARL Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP) is an 18-month program to prepare mid-career librarians from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries. The LCDP addresses the need for research libraries to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities. This is accomplished, in part, by providing meaningful exposure to the major strategic issues that are shaping the future of research libraries. Read more >>