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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2014–2016 Participants Chosen

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

Dhyana Berry, Simmons College
Internship Host: Harvard University Loeb Music Library

Victoria Castillo, University of North Texas
Internship Host: University of North Texas Music Library

Treshani Perera, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Internship Host: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Music Library

Zoua Sylvia Yang, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Internship Host: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Music Library

“Harvard University’s Loeb Music Library staff are honored to participate in the ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative,” said Liza Vick, music reference and research services librarian at the Loeb Music Library, a host institution for the DII. “Encouraging diversity in our profession of music librarianship is vital to our continued relevance and to our existence as a field that requires fresh ideas, innovation, and creativity.”

imls-logoThe Diversity and Inclusion Initiative—funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and MLA—seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the changing demographics of students and faculty in those fields. The program reflects the joint commitment of ARL and MLA members, as well as partner libraries, to devote the resources and support necessary to create a diverse and well-qualified cohort of new LIS professionals.

The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative offers a generous suite of financial benefits to program participants as well as an internship in a partner music/performing arts library, a formal mentoring program, complimentary student membership in MLA, support to attend the MLA Annual Meeting, and career placement assistance.

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for the DII. For application instructions and additional information, consult the ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative website.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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/.

music-library-association-logoFounded in 1931, the Music Library Association (MLA) is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries. MLA provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world’s musical heritage. Additional information about MLA can be found at http://musiclibraryassoc.org/.