The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence began during the 2017–2018 academic year with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program seeks to promote diversification of the research library and archives workforce by offering paid yearlong internships in libraries and archives, as well as opportunities for mentorship and professional development to undergraduate students.
This program focuses on digital stewardship—the care and management of digital information resources over their life cycle, including creation, collection, preservation, access, and use. The fellowship introduces diverse undergraduate students from disciplines other than library and information science (LIS) to the work and culture of the contemporary research library and archive. The program offers a paid internship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute.
The ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence will not be recruiting another cohort of fellows. Program funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will end in 2020.