Four Students Named ARL Diversity Scholars

Posted: December 10, 2008

From the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Initiatives Working Group has selected seventeen MLS students to participate in the 2008-10 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce as ARL Diversity Scholars.

Four GSLIS students are among those named. They include Camille Chesley, Sorrel Goodwin, Harriett Green, and Michelle Guittar.

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers leadership development and a stipend of up to $10,000 over two years to MLS students from underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in research libraries. The initiative is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by voluntary contributions from fifty-two ARL member libraries. This funding reflects a commitment to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics.

The 2008-10 Diversity Scholars will receive:

  • leadership development via ARL's annual Leadership Institute;
  • a hosted visit to an ARL member library to learn more about the advanced operations of a research library;
  • professional mentoring from an ARL librarian or an alumnus of either ARL's Leadership and Career Development Program or the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce;
  • paid membership in a major professional association and in the American Library Association's five ethnic caucuses; and
  • a stipend of $10,000 over two years to help defray the cost of graduate school.