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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2013–2015 Participants Chosen

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of five master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2013–15 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

Joy M. Doan, San Jose State University
Internship host: University of California, Los Angeles, Music Library

Rahni B. Kennedy, University of North Texas
Internship host: University of North Texas Music Library

Jakilah Mason, University of Pittsburgh
Internship host: University of Pittsburgh Theodore M. Finney Music Library

Patrick Sifuentes, Dominican University
Internship host: Northwestern University Music Library

Ricky Williams, University of Pittsburgh
Internship host: University of Pittsburgh Theodore M. Finney Music Library

“In academic libraries we have ongoing difficulty recruiting enough librarians of color and, in general, we have difficulty in certain subject specializations that are essential in research libraries,” said Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries and Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian at Northwestern University, a host institution for the DII. “To have a program like this that addresses both goals is extremely valuable.”

The DII 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.

This collaborative diversity recruitment program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and MLA. The program reflects the joint commitment of ARL and MLA members to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries who better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in those fields.

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

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its 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/.

Founded 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/.