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Kaleidoscope Program


The goal of the ARL Kaleidoscope Program is to attract master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to careers in research libraries and archives. The program, funded by ARL member libraries, was established in 2000 as the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and was renamed Kaleidoscope in 2019. The Kaleidoscope Program is diversifying the profession by providing generous funding for MLIS education and a suite of related benefits, including mentoring, leadership and professional development, and career placement assistance. Additionally, ARL entered into a partnership with EBSCO Information Services in 2017 to support internships in academic library settings for Kaleidoscope Diversity Scholars. These individuals will gain practical field experience, which will complement the other components of the Kaleidoscope Program and prepare the scholars to enter a competitive job market.

The application cycle for the 2019-2021 Kaleidoscope Program is now closed. Thank you for your interest.


Kaleidoscope Program Diversity Scholars

Below are rosters of the 2018–2020 and 2017–2019 classes of Kaleidoscope Program Diversity Scholars:...


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