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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2012–2014 Participants Chosen


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of two master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2012–2014 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

Yun Fan is a second-year student in the MLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds two master’s degrees in musicology: the first from Xiamen University in China, the second from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Jonathan Sauceda is a dual-degree student at the University of North Texas in Denton, pursuing an MLIS and a PhD in musicology. He has extensive experience working in special collections and has an academic background in Latin American music.

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.

Partner institutions for the DII include: University at Buffalo, SUNY; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of North Texas; and University of Pittsburgh.

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 126 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/.