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ARL Diversity Scholars and Fellows for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Selected

July 28, 2018

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently announced the 2018–2020 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars cohort and the 2018–2019 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence cohort, including several students from Canadian schools.

ARL Diversity Scholars

The 2018–2020 ARL Diversity Scholars from Canadian MLIS programs:

  • Reza Davallow Ghajar, University of British Columbia
  • Jamie Lee Morin, University of Toronto
  • Zakir Jamal Suleman, University of British Columbia

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) is a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The program helps create a diverse professional community that will better meet the needs of researchers, students, and other constituencies whose demographics and perspectives are quickly evolving.

Funded by ARL member libraries and EBSCO Information Services, the IRDW offers financial support to program participants from as well as leadership development through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and a site visit to an ARL member library.

ARL Fellows for Digital and Inclusive Excellence

The 2018–2019 Fellow for Digital and Inclusive Excellence from Canada is:

  • Bran Schaffer, Simon Fraser University

The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence program seeks to introduce undergraduates from a variety of disciplines to digital stewardship and strives to promote diversification of the research library and archives workforce. Digital stewardship encompasses the care and management of digital information resources over their life cycle, including creation, collection, preservation, access, and use.

Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member institutions, the fellowship offers a paid internship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute.

(Via Association of Research Libraries)

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