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Mark A. Puente

Senior Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
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Mark A. Puente is the senior director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). He was promoted to this position in January 2020 after serving as director of diversity and leadership programs since 2009.

Mark directs all aspects of the Association’s diversity recruitment and leadership development programs, and serves as the ARL staff liaison to the ARL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Mark designs and directs the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, the Kaleidoscope Program (formerly the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce), the Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), the annual Mosaic Program Leadership Forum, and numerous other professional development events. He also leads the planning of the Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives (IDEAL) conference, last offered in 2019 in partnership with The Ohio State University Libraries and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

A frequent clinician, speaker, and facilitator, Mark has presented at regional and national conferences on topics such as diversity recruitment strategies, racial equity, networking, and residency programs in academic libraries.

Previously, Mark was the coordinator of digital projects and special/gift collections for the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a resident/music librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Mark has been actively involved with diversity and leadership issues since the beginning of his library career. He was a 2003 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum scholar and continues to be engaged in the coordination of and programming for the Spectrum Scholar Leadership Institute. He is also a graduate of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians (MIECL) and the Harvard/ACRL Leadership Institute.

Mark is a graduate of the Knowledge River Program at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at The University of Arizona. The program seeks to recruit Latinos/Hispanics and Native Americans into the field of librarianship. He earned an MA in music (voice) from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Prior to entering the library profession, Mark was an applied voice instructor in his hometown of San Antonio for 13 years and also worked in opera administration in Texas and Arkansas.