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ARL Fellows for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Selected for 2017–2018

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The ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Selection Committee has chosen 11 undergraduates at ARL member institutions to participate in the inaugural Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence cohort.

The fellowship program seeks to introduce undergraduates from a variety of disciplines to digital stewardship and strives to promote diversification of the research library and archives workforce. Digital stewardship encompasses the care and management of digital information resources over their life cycle, including creation, collection, preservation, access, and use.

The ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member institutions.

“It’s quite inspiring to see so many young and talented students interested in the field of librarianship,” said Giao Luong Baker, member of the selection committee and strategic digital initiatives librarian at the University of Southern California. “We had an incredibly difficult time choosing between such impressive candidates from so many different backgrounds. It gives me a lot of hope for the future of this profession and I applaud ARL for taking the steps to attract and support a more diverse cohort to the field.”

“I was extremely impressed by the quality and depth of the applicant pool, undergraduate or otherwise,” said Rick Johnson, member of the selection committee and co-director of the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program and head of Data Curation and Digital Library Solutions at University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries. “These incredibly articulate and passionate individuals have already done more with digital scholarship than many seasoned professionals, and they possess exactly the kind of diverse perspectives and talents we need to attract to continue to move research libraries forward.”

The ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence offers a paid internship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute.

The 2017–2018 fellows are:

  • Katiana M. Bagué, University of Florida
  • Jazmine Janae Ike-Lopez, Washington State University
  • Timmia Jana King, Howard University
  • Leah Lavigne, New York University
  • Stephanie Lopez, New York University
  • Jade Matias Bell, University of Southern California
  • Amy L. Padilla, University of New Mexico
  • Y Vy Truong, University of British Columbia
  • Anderson Tsai Wang, New York University
  • Amanda Wong, The University of Chicago
  • Marcelo Gabriel Yáñez, New York University

For more information about the fellowship, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence 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.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services 

imls-logoThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 120,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.