Several GSLIS students, including Samip Mallick and Laksamee Putnam, have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to participate in the 2009-11 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce as ARL Diversity Scholars.
The initiative offers stipend funding in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years to students from underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in research libraries. In addition to the funding, the 2009-2011 Diversity Scholars will receive: leadership development by attending ARL's annual Leadership Institute; a hosted visit to an ARL member library to learn more about the advanced operations of a research library; 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; and paid membership in one of five ethnic caucuses of the American Library Association.
The program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by voluntary contributions from fifty-two ARL member libraries. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse academic and research library community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.
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