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Application Requirements for the Kaleidoscope Program

The application cycle for the 2021–2023 Kaleidoscope Program is now closed.

Application Checklist

To apply for the Kaleidoscope Program, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Kaleidoscope Program Application Form online. With your application, submit the following documents in PDF:
    1. Résumé (see guidelines)
    2. A 400-word essay describing what attracts you to a professional position in a research library or archive, especially one that is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (Essays should be typed and addressed to the Kaleidoscope Program Selection Working Group.)  Criteria for evaluating the essays:
      1. Clarity and content
      2. Clearly articulated career goals and professional interests
      3. Enthusiasm
      4. Perceived potential for growth
    3. Unofficial undergraduate transcripts including last academic semester completed
    4. Unofficial graduate transcripts including last academic semester completed OR official letter of acceptance into a graduate-level program in library and information science (either at the time of application or before being accepted into the Kaleidoscope Program)
  2. Select two references who can assess and speak to your character and abilities.
    One should be from a current or former supervisor or school faculty member who can speak to your:
    1. Oral and written expression
    2. Achievements
    3. Interpersonal skills (e.g., ability to work as a part of a team)
    4. Initiative

Letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead, signed, and emailed directly from the reference to Mira Swearer at mira@arl.org. Applications are not complete until letters of recommendation are submitted.

Application & Program Timeline for the 2021–2023 Kaleidoscope Program Cohort

  • April 1, 2021: ARL issues Call for Applications
  • May 13, 2021: Applications due to ARL
  • July 2021: Applicant notified of selection decision by email
  • August 31, 2021: First-semester stipends disbursed
  • January 1, 2022: Second-semester stipends disbursed to those who meet qualifications
  • Winter 2022: Scholars attend 18th Annual ARL Leadership Symposium
  • April-May 2022: Scholars participate in a research library visit at an ARL member library
  • August 31, 2022: Third-semester stipends disbursed to those who meet qualifications
  • January 1, 2023: Fourth-semester stipends disbursed to those who meet qualifications

For questions about the application process, please contact Mira Swearer by email at mira@arl.org.