The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program selection committee and advisory group have chosen and placed three master of library and information science (MLIS) students with specializations in archives at three ARL member institution special collections libraries and archives for one-year paid internships. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce. This 2016–2017 cohort of the program will begin their fellowships with attendance at the 2016 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, to be held at the 2016 SAA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, and will begin their internships later in fall 2016.
“The ARL/SAA Mosaic program fulfills an important societal need by fostering a more diversified field of archives professionals who will in turn help to broaden the collections and services of cultural memory institutions in the future,” said Christian Dupont, Burns librarian and associate university librarian for special collections at Boston College. “We look forward to hosting a Mosaic Program fellow this year as way of enriching our own perspectives on the needs of emerging professionals even as we hope to provide her with practical skills and meaningful experiences.”
The 2016–2017 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program fellows are:
Jane’a Johnson, San Jose State University
Internship host institution: John Hay Library and Special Collections, Brown University
Michelle Peralta, San Jose State University
Internship host institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, San Diego
Ayoola White, Simmons College
Internship host institution: Boston College
Fellows in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program will participate in a paid internship with a partner institution and will receive a tuition stipend; mentoring; leadership development and career placement assistance; complimentary student membership in SAA; support to attend the 2016 SAA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, including the 2016 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum; and support to attend the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium to be held in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 2017.
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 http://www.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 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.