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ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Call for Applications—Deadline September 7

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ARL is now accepting applications for the 2016 cohort of the ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP). Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by December 31, 2015) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching fellowship experience. Internships for this cohort will take place during the winter/spring 2016 academic term.

Program Benefits

The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, offers each fellow:

  • a paid internship in an ARL library during winter/spring 2016 with a stipend for internship work of up to $4,800 (240 hours x $20 per hour);
  • the potential for academic credit for the practical experience (fellow is responsible for arranging this program component with her/his MLIS program);
  • a mentoring relationship with a professional librarian while on campus for the internship;
  • support for travel to and attendance at the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium (held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 7–10, 2016, in Boston, MA); and
  • connections with ARL member libraries and assistance from ARL staff with networking during the job search process.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the ARL Career Enhancement Program must:

  • be accepted into an ALA-accredited library and information science program;
  • be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada; and
  • complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science prior to beginning the internship.

Selection and Institutional Match

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has a unique process for selecting and matching fellows with host institutions. Each host designates a staff member to serve on the coordinating committee. The committee will evaluate the entire applicant pool, select participants, and then enter into dialogue with other coordinators about the institution that is best positioned to create a rewarding internship experience for each fellow. Priority will be given to candidates who are located in the same geographic regions as the host institutions or who are willing to relocate to one of those areas for the duration of the internship. (Limited support for relocation may be available.) Also, additional host institutions may be recruited for exceptional applicants.

Potential host institutions for the 2016 cohort of the ARL Career Enhancement Program include:

  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Columbia University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • National Library of Medicine
  • University of Washington


Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT) on Monday, September 7, 2015, and should be submitted online. For more information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions, visit the ARL Career Enhancement Program website.

About ARL

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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/.

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