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Discovering Librarianship


The American Library Association's Office for Diversity and Spectrum Scholarship Program offers a unique opportunity for early career librarians to participate in a recruitment initiative focused on bringing ethnically diverse high school and college students to careers in libraries.  "Discovering Librarianship:  The Future is Overdue," a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will support the training of 35 early career librarians to serve as recruiters in national, regional and local career recruitment and education events.


The program intends to significantly increase the profession's capacity to recruit high school and college students; provide the profession with a new set of recruitment materials with which to engage a growing and diverse population; and deliver valuable information and support to high school and college students interested in careers in libraries.


Selected applicants will receive support to attend training at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Calif.; participate in at least two local, regional or national career or education events approved by the ALA Office for Diversity; and attend the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Wash.  Participants will be expected to help develop recruitment messages and materials that resonate with ethnically diverse high school and college students and participate in training to support their recruitment efforts and overall professional development.


Priority will be given to early career librarians (1-10 years from date of graduation) who are alumni of recruitment initiatives that support a more diverse workforce or individuals who belong to one of the following racially and ethnically underrepresented groups-American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.  Participants will be selected based on demonstration of leadership potential; interest in recruitment; and committed support from current employer, including time to participate in training and recruitment events. Special consideration will be given to geographic diversity across participants, ensuring that recruiters are available throughout the country.


Application materials are available at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/diversity/imls/recruiters.cfm.     Completed applications are due to the Office for Diversity by Oct. 1, 2010. 


See ALA Press RELEASE for more details...


If you have questions, or need additional information, contact: 

Miguel A. Figueroa

Director, Office for Diversity & Spectrum

Acting Director, Office for Literacy & Outreach Services

American Library Association

Phone: (800) 545-2433 x5295

Direct:  (312) 280-5295

e-mail:  mfigueroa@ala.org