The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has awarded Jerrell Jones the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship to attend the ARL Fall Forum 2021. The scholarship was established in 2015 to honor the memory and extend the legacy of longtime ARL staff member Julia C. Blixrud. Generous donations to the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Fund support the scholarship.
This year’s Blixrud Scholarship recipient, Jerrell Jones, is a cultural-heritage digitization specialist and professional photographer focused on utilizing digital imaging to inform, elevate, and empower. Jones manages the Digitization Lab at the University of Houston Libraries, where he provides intentional service in digitization production, workflow enhancement, training, data migration, and researcher support. His professional interests include image processing automation, innovative approaches to digital imaging, preserving the histories of diverse communities, and promoting equitable access in digital libraries. He hopes to educate underrepresented communities about the power of digital preservation; engage in collection building that prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusion; and initiate or bolster digital repositories that actively reflect the communities they serve. Jones is currently pursuing an MS in information science from the University of North Texas and is a 2021–2022 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar.
The theme of the 2021 ARL Fall Forum, which will be held online on Thursday, October 7, is “Building Up, Reaching Out: Talent Management in Academic Libraries through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.” As part of the scholarship, Jones will write an overview of the event.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise; advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.