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ARL Career Enhancement Program 2014 Fellows Selected

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The ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Coordinating Committee has selected 13 fellows to participate in this competitive fellowship program.

The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, gives master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust fellowship experience that includes an internship in an ARL member library. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and other research institutions and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

“I am looking forward to hosting our third summer cohort of CEP fellows,” said Darlene Nichols, librarian for diversity and inclusion and staff development librarian at the University of Michigan. “This has been one of the most rewarding professional experiences I’ve had. The fellows are amazing: smart, engaged, eager to learn, and deeply interested in finding out everything they can about how we operate. I have found that we learn from them even as they are learning from us. I hope this program is able to continue on and become a regular part of ARL.”

The 2014 Career Enhancement Program fellows are:

Alonso Avila, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Maria Cecilia Caride, University of Michigan

Nikola Dragovic, Pratt Institute

Raquel Flores-Clemons, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Talia Guzman-Gonzalez, University of Maryland, College Park

Valarie Kingsland, San Jose State University

Bradley Kuykendall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sofia Leung, University of Washington

Mario Macias, University of Washington

Jerrod Moore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Camille Thomas, Florida State University

Mari Warren, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alicia Yanagihara, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Career Enhancement Program has four main components: a six- to twelve-week internship experience in an ARL library, mentoring by a professional librarian at the host institution, participation in the ARL Leadership Symposium, and career placement assistance. The host institutions for the 2014 internships are:

University of Arizona

University of California, San Diego

University of Kentucky

University of Michigan

National Library of Medicine

North Carolina State University

University of Washington

For more information about the program, visit the ARL Career Enhancement Program website.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.