The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program selection committee has accepted four master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the competitive diversity fellowship program. The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, funded by a generous grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services and by ARL members, strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce.
Each 2017–2019 Mosaic Program fellow will participate in a one-year, paid internship with the special collections and/or archives at an ARL member institution. This cohort will begin their fellowships in fall 2017 and will participate in the 14th Annual ARL Leadership Symposium in February 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The fellows will also attend the 2018 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, to be held at the SAA Annual Meeting in August 2018 in Washington, DC.
“It’s inspiring to see so many of these up-and-coming archivists engaging with social justice or community-based work from the start of their education,” said Stacie Williams, Digital Learning and Scholarship Team lead at Case Western Reserve University and member of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Selection Committee and Advisory Group. “The fellows’ involvement in societally focused work will have a transformative effect on the profession as a whole.”
The 2017–2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program fellows are:
Nadia Clifton, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill
Internship host institution: UNC at Chapel Hill Libraries/Wilson Special Collections Library
Sandra Delaney, Simmons College
Internship host institution: The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation
Julie Park, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Internship host institution: UCLA Library Special Collections/Clark Library
Ashlynn Prasad, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Internship host institution: UBC Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives
In addition to the internship and professional development events, fellows in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program receive tuition support, mentoring, leadership development, career placement assistance, and complimentary student membership in SAA.
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 Society of American Archivists
Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. It is the preeminent source of professional resources and the principal communication hub for American archivists. Through its activities and advocacy efforts, SAA promotes the values and diversity of archives and archivists and enables archivists to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. SAA is on the web at www.archivists.org.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 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, Twitter, and Instagram.