The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the 2015–2017 cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and SAA, provides support for master of library and information science (MLIS) students pursuing degrees with a concentration in archives or special collections. Components of this program include a robust internship experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development. The program seeks to attract individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program offers a generous compensation package for each program participant consisting of:
- Tuition stipend of up to $10,000 to be distributed over two years, in installments of $2,500 per semester
- Paid internship in a partner archives or library organization beginning in early fall 2015
- Mentoring from an archives professional or special collections librarian
- Financial assistance of up to $1,000 for relocation to the area of the MLIS program into which the participant has been accepted
- Student membership in SAA
- Support for travel to and participation in the annual SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, SAA Annual Meeting, and the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium during the participant’s scholarship period
To be eligible for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, you must:
- Identify with a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada
- Be accepted into a master’s program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program
- Remain enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours per term through completion of the designated graduate programs and have at least one full academic year remaining in studies
- Maintain a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4-point scale) and submit transcripts as evidence of progression towards completion of graduate studies in the targeted areas
More Information & Applications
For additional information about the program and to apply, please visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program webpage. The completed online application form and attachments and all supporting documentation should be submitted and/or delivered to ARL by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
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/.
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 http://www.archivists.org/.