The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program Selection Committee has chosen three master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, specializing in archival studies, to participate in the Mosaic Program. A collaborative diversity recruitment and professional development program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce and to advance diversity concerns within it.
This 2016–2018 cohort of the program will begin their fellowships this fall with yearlong paid internships in partner special collections libraries, historical societies, and archives. The fellows will also attend two professional development events as a cohort: the 2017 ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, to be held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in January, and the 2017 SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, in July, which will include the ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum.
“We are thrilled to welcome the newest cohort to the Mosaic Program!” said Cheryl Beredo, director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University and chair of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Advisory Group that recruited the internship-host institutions. “These students show tremendous promise, and we look forward to all they will accomplish in their graduate programs, internships, and beyond.”
The 2016–2018 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program fellows are:
Itza Carbajal, University of Texas at Austin
Internship host institution: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, University of Texas Libraries
Evelyn Cox, University of Oklahoma
Internship host institution: Oklahoma Historical Society
Erin Glasco, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Internship host institution: Roosevelt University Archives
In addition to the internships and professional development events, fellows in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program receive generous tuition support, mentoring, leadership development, career placement assistance, and complimentary student membership in SAA.
Visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program website for more information.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 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 http://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 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 http://www.imls.gov/ and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.