ARL/SAA Mosaic Program
2013–15 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows
Washington, DC, August 2014
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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 traditionally 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.
Graduate scholarships will attract diverse students to master’s degree programs in archival science and LIS programs with specialization in special
collections. The scholarship program will provide financial support of up to $10,000 per student, a level that will compete with graduate-level academic and professional programs in other disciplines. The program will include a paid internship in a partner ARL library or archive as well as financial support for student membership in SAA for one year.
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Below are photos and biographies for current ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellows:
Participants in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program enjoy the following benefits:
- Tuition stipend of up to $10,000 to be distributed over two years, in installments of $2,500 per semester
- Paid internship in a partner archives or library organization beginning in early fall of the student’s fellowship year—each student will be supported for up to 20 hours of internship work per week for two 14-week semesters starting early Fall 2014.
- Mentoring from an archives professional or special collections librarian, ideally at the host institution for the internship—the mentoring component will build on SAA’s current program to effectively match protégés with mentors.
- Student membership in SAA
- Support for travel to and attendance at the annual ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum and SAA Annual Meeting during the participant’s scholarship year—the symposium, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, brings together the program participants and active professionals in archival science and special collections librarianship. The primary goal of the forum is to introduce attendees to macro-level issues facing the archives and special collections profession—particularly in the context of research intensive institutions—and provide training to develop job search and interview skills.
Download a PDF of the 2014 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum agenda.
To be eligible to participate in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, you must:
- Identify with a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada
- Be accepted into a master’s program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program
- Remain enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours per term through completion of the designated graduate programs and have at least one full academic year remaining in studies
- Maintain a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4-point scale) and submit transcripts as evidence of progression towards completion of graduate studies in the targeted areas
To apply for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, you will need to submit the following materials (detailed instructions forthcoming):
- A 500-word essay describing what attracts you to the archives or special collections profession
- Official letter of acceptance into a graduate-level program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program
- Official undergraduate and graduate school transcripts including your last academic semester completed
- Two letters of recommendation (one professional and one academic)
The call for applications for next year's cycle will be released in January 2015.
Please note: Applicants may participate in only one SAA or ARL scholarship or travel award opportunity per recruitment cycle (the year in which the award is made). Students may apply for any and all programs for which they are eligible. Those who accept placement in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program forfeit eligibility to receive other SAA or ARL scholarship and award funding, such as SAA's Pinkett, Peterson, and Holmes travel awards, the SAA Mosaic Scholarship, the Josephine Forman Scholarship, the F. Gerald and Elsie Ham Scholarship, the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, and other awards. Please contact the ARL program officer for diversity and leadership with any questions.