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ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellows Selected for 2016

Former CEP fellow Nabil Kashyap with Beth Kraemer, photo by Crystal Heis for University of Kentucky Libraries

Six fellows have been chosen to participate in the 2016 cohort of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program (CEP). Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, this program provides master of library and information science (MLIS) students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with hands-on experience in research libraries. The ARL Career Enhancement Program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library workforce that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics and global perspectives in education and research.

Participants in the 2016 cohort will benefit from a paid internship in an ARL member library, mentoring by a professional librarian at the host institution, support for attendance at and participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, and career placement assistance.

Former Career Enhancement Program fellow Hanni Nabahe remarked on her experience as part of the 2015 cohort, “The CEP internship expanded my skills, widened my network, provided me with a nurturing mentor, and granted me membership into a supportive and caring family of peers. Through this opportunity, ARL opened windows to a world I did not know existed and my professional goals seem more attainable because of this experience.”

The 2016 cohort will kick off their participation in the program at the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, to be held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, January 2016, and will complete their internships throughout the winter/spring term.

The 2016 Career Enhancement Program fellows are:

Nicola Andrews, University of Washington
Host Institution: University of Washington

Stephanie Garcia, Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Host Institution: Columbia University

Rachel James, Catholic University of America
Host Institution: US National Library of Medicine

Laurainne Ojo-Ohikuare, Long Island University
Host Institution: Columbia University

Arminda Sandoval, University of Arizona
Host Institution: University of Arizona

Cecilia Virtue, University of Kentucky
Host Institution: University of Kentucky

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


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/.

Funding provided by ARL member libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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