Members of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee and their designees have chosen 18 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2017–2019 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL diversity scholars.
Funded by ARL member libraries, the IRDW offers financial support to program participants as well as leadership development through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and a site visit to an ARL library. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to address the historical underrepresentation of many racial and ethnic groups within the research library and archives workforce. The IRDW helps create a diverse professional community that will better meet the needs of researchers, students, and other constituencies whose demographics and perspectives are quickly evolving.
“The IRDW is a cornerstone of ARL’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in librarianship, and we are delighted to be able to provide support and mentoring to another talented and motivated cohort of diversity scholars,” said Chris Bourg, director of libraries at MIT and chair of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “Since its inception in 2000, the IRDW program has supported hundreds of library school students from racial and ethnic minority groups as they pursue careers in research libraries and archives. Our profession and our organizations are stronger when we are able to recruit and retain librarians and archivists from groups who have historically been underrepresented in our ranks.”
The 2017–2019 ARL diversity scholars are:
- LaReina Nicole Adams, University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Aicha Azzaoui, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Leyla Cabugos, San Jose State University
- Alexa Carter, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Jeannie Yujing Chen, UCLA
- Zakiya Collier, Long Island University/New York University
- Sarah Frances Corona, UCLA
- Sonja C. Cossio, Clarion University
- Veronica Franco, The University of Arizona
- Kaneisha Gaston, North Carolina Central University
- Codi Domonique Jones, The University of Oklahoma
- Aldrich A. Linton, San Jose State University
- Carli Lowe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Teresa Helena Moreno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Karen Ng, The University of British Columbia
- Diana E. Park, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
- Andrea Salazar, Wayne State University
- Mark F. Sandoval, The University of Arizona
For more information about the IRDW, visit the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce website.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 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 ARL.org.