Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community Community
Dear Diversity Scholars Community,
I am writing to invite you to help shape the future.
As part of the Association’s strategic planning process, we would like to invite you and other ALA members to share your best thinking about what you would like to see happen/accomplished in three priority areas that have been identified as strategic initiatives for the Association over the next 3-5 years. These initiatives are:
- Information Policy
- Professional and Leadership Development.
Over the course of this fall and winter, member groups and individual members will all be invited to discuss three questions that will help shape the vision, goals, objectives, strategies and tactics for each of the three initiative areas over the course of the coming months. For each initiative, the questions are:
- What would success look like?
- How do you think we might get there?
- How might you/your community (division, round table, committee, chapter, affiliate) help us get there?
Three virtual town hall meetings will also be held this fall where members can share their thinking on these questions:
• Advocacy – November 19th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Register via this link: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e3jnrhpohj3/event/registration.html
• Information Policy – November 20th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Register via this link: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e2kx6wuc09p/event/registration.html
• Professional and Leadership Development – December 11th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Register via this link: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e7o6lfj0f30/event/registration.html
Please note that pre-registration is necessary.
As we shape our future direction, we need your best thinking and invite you to actively participate in the forums and strategic planning process. To see the forum discussion guide and feedback forms, find out more about the planning process, the strategic initiatives, or share your individual thoughts on how best to achieve them, just visit http://www.ala.org/aboutala/strategic-planning and join the Community at http://connect.ala.org/strategicplanning .
Looking forward to a stronger Association and a stronger future for libraries,
Courtney L. Young
Art Libraries Society of North America 2015 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award - apply by Dec. 15.by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm
2015 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award
The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2015 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.
The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014.
Who May Apply
This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline.
For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website: http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/68-internship-award
ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee
Amy Ballmer (chair)
Assoc. Prof. | Asst. Head of Research & Instructional Services
Gladys Marcus Library | Goodman Resource Center
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Room E412
New York, New York 10001
Student Diversity Award to attend the Art Libraries Society of North America Conference - apply by Nov. 30!by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 10:50 am
Student Diversity Award for Conference Attendance
This award was established by Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to provide funding for a student to attend the ARLIS/NA Conference in Fort Worth Texas, March 19-23: http://arlisna.org/fortworth2015/.
A mentor from the ARLIS/NA Diversity Committee, who will facilitate the recipient's attendance at the Conference, will be assigned to the recipient of the award prior to the Conference.
The recipient will write a brief post-conference report evaluating her/his conference experience for the ARLIS/NA Update Diversity column.
Award Info: $1000
Award may be used for expenses related to attendance at the conference: ARLIS/NA student membership, conference registration, travel, lodging, etc.
To be considered for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled as a graduate student in Library Studies or Information Studies or recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation)
- Be a U.S. resident and a member of a racial/ethnic group as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau: African American/Black; Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native
Be a Canadian resident and of aboriginal identity, as defined in the Canadian Employment Equity Act ("aboriginal peoples" means persons who are Indians, Inuit, or Métis)
Be a Canadian resident and a member of a visible minority, as defined by the Canadian Employment Equity Act (members of "visible minorities" means persons, other than aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour)
- Be interested in career in art librarianship/visual resources
Application Procedures & Deadline: apply online at
Application deadline: November 30, 2014 (11:59pm EST)
Every year, the American Library Association and its member units honor people and institutions through an awards program that recognizes distinguished service to librarians, librarianship, and communities. Join us in honoring a library you work in or use by submitting a nomination for the Excellence in Library Programming Award.
The ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year (September 1 - August 31), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact. In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are all eligible. The nominated program/series must have been for a public audience. A cultural/thematic program is one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions, community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs.
The award is presented during the ALA President's Program. The ALA Cultural Communities Fund sponsors the award and the $5,000 prize.
The deadline for applying is December 1. The application can be found on the award's homepage: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/ala-excellence-library-programming-award
I am thanking you in advance.
Chair, 2015 ALA Excelling in Programming Award
The application deadline for the ARL Career Enhancement Program has been extended to Monday, November 17, 2014. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience.
The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.
The ARL Career Enhancement Program has three main components:
Each fellow will have a unique opportunity to work in an ARL member research library for 6–12 weeks to gain both educational and professional experience while enrolled in an MLIS program. Fellows will be assembled in groups of two or three to create a fellowship cohort at each host institution.
The fellows will participate in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium held January 29–February 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the symposium, the fellows will explore the major strategic issues facing research libraries today and discuss appropriate strategies for securing a professional position in research libraries upon graduation. The fellows will have an opportunity to meet and network with other ARL diversity programs participants, library leaders, and other MLIS students who attend the annual event.
ARL staff will work with each fellow to help them connect with member libraries and to assist with networking during the job search process.
Eligible applicants for the ARL Career Enhancement Program must:
- Be accepted into an ALA-accredited library and information science program
- Be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada
- Complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science prior to beginning the internship
Selection and Institutional Match
The ARL Career Enhancement Program has a unique process for selecting and matching fellows with host institutions. Each host designates a staff member to serve on the coordinating committee. The committee will evaluate the entire applicant pool, select participants, and then enter into dialogue with other coordinators about the institution that is best positioned to create a rewarding internship experience for each fellow. The assignments will be based on the fellows' skills, knowledge, and expectations for the internships, as well as the institutions' ability to create and manage a meaningful experience.
Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time on Monday, November 17, 2014, and should be submitted online.
For more information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions, visit the ARL Career Enhancement Program website - http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/career-e...
As always, let me know if you have any questions.
Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015
- Are you interested in serving populations from different regions of the world?
- Are you a subject librarian or would like to be one specializing in geographical regions of the world, multi-ethnic populations?
- Are you interested in learning more about libraries in different regions of the world?
- Are you an early career librarian interested in international librarianship?
- Are you interested in learning more about the work of the ALA International Committees?
If your answer is yes to any of the above, the International Pilot Mentoring Program is for you.
The International Relations Committee and the International Relations Round Table are sponsoring this pilot to:
Provide librarians with resources to help them understand international librarianship.
Provide mentoring related to career development in international librarianship, library services in different regions of the world, and sister libraries among many others.
Connect mentees with experts in one of the following:
- IRC geographical areas committees: Africa, Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, and Near East and South Asia.
- IRRT Sister Libraries Committee
- IRRT International Exchanges Committee
If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, please submit a one-page expression of interest by November 15, 2014 to email@example.com. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on the information provided. Up to 25 mentees will be selected for this Pilot. Membership in ALA is required, and IRRT membership is strongly encouraged.
Mentors will be expected to initiate contact with the mentee at the start of the program with an introductory email. At the end of the program, mentors will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentors will receive a letter recognizing their service in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.
Mentors will be expected to introduce themselves to mentees initially via email at the start of the program, at which point mentees will respond with an introduction of their own. At the end of the program, mentees will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentees will receive a letter recognizing their participation in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.
Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) Scholarship - Apply by Nov. 30by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 10:29 am
Awarded biannually since December 2011, the SALALM Scholarship was established to encourage professional and leadership development in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies academic librarianship.
A conference travel award of up to $1500 will be given to a master’s student in an ALA-accredited library and information science or archival studies program to defray the costs of attending the SALALM annual conference. The next conference will be June 13-17, 2015, hosted by Princeton University.
Awardees will be asked to write a summary of their conference experience, to be posted on the SALALM website.
Since its founding in 1956, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, SALALM, has provided the only national and international forum focused on Latin American studies research librarianship, library collections, and services. The SALALM Conference Attendance Scholarship will include a one-year membership in the organization.
Who Should Apply:
Applicants able to demonstrate a strong interest in Latin America, the Caribbean, or their diaspora, or Iberia, and who have career aspirations involving service to academic users seeking information about or researching topics involving the Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian regions are encouraged to apply.
Interest may be demonstrated through previous work, internships, undergraduate or graduate-level study, involvement through volunteer programs with governmental, non-governmental, or private sector organizations, and research and publication on topics relevant to the area. Competency in one of the area’s major languages is highly important.
Applicants must be master’s degree candidates in ALA-accredited programs in library science, information science, or archival studies (with equivalent accreditation where applicable) in the United States or Canada. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one quarter or semester of study, and recipients must be enrolled students at the time the award is made. Anyone having received this scholarship in previous years or a travel grant from SALALM is not eligible to apply.
- Knowledge of Latin America, the Caribbean, and/or Iberia
- Commitment to a career in academic libraries and information science or a related field
- Record of academic achievement
- Competency in one or more of the area’s languages
Deadline for all application materials: November 30, 2014.
Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants to ACRL 2015
See all Conference Scholarships at http://conference.acrl.org/scholarships-pages-162.php
Purpose & Goal
The ACRL Conference will be held in Portland, OR, March 25 - 28, 2015. ACRL Travel Grants provide opportunities for Spectrum Scholars to participate in ACRL professional development activities at the conference, to expand their network of colleagues, and to have face-to-face time to build new—or strengthen existing—relationships with their mentors, for those Scholars participating in the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
Four (4) awards consisting of complimentary advanced early bird registration (a value of $100-$385 depending on membership type) and $600 cash for travel expenses. The application deadline is November 7, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Central Time).
- Must be a current or past recipient of an ALA Spectrum Scholarship and a first-time attendee at an ACRL conference.
- Must be a current ACRL personal member (waived for 2014-2015 Spectrum recipients).
- Preference may be given to Spectrum Scholars who have applied for an academic librarianship mentor through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
- Previous recipients are not eligible.
- Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
A complete ACRL Spectrum Scholar Travel Grant Application includes three pieces: one online application and two supporting documents submitted via email. All of the following items must be submitted as described below by the deadline.
- A completed online ACRL Spectrum Scholar Travel Grant Application, including the requested personal statements and current résumé/curriculum vitae (CV). Apply online at https://s4.goeshow.com/acrl/scholarship/2014/spectrum_application.cfm
- A Supporting Statement from a supervisor who is familiar with your work or an LIS professor/dean comment on your qualifications and how attendance at the ACRL 2015 conference will benefit you professionally and/or personally must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com. Whether sent from you or directly from the recommender, be sure your name and “Supporting Statement” appear in the email's subject line.
- Applicants should not register for the ACRL 2015 conference until notified of their status to avoid the need for refunds. The discounted early-bird registration rate will be available until February 13, 2015 for those do not receive a scholarship, but still want to attend.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for receipt of the application and statement of support is November 7, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Central Time).
- The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee will select the recipients.
- Recipients will be selected based on their commitment to academic librarianship, their desired learning outcomes for attending the conference, their financial and professional development needs as evidenced by their responses to open-ended questions on the application form.
- The strength of their supporting statement from a supervisor or LIS professor/dean.
- Preference may be given to Spectrum Scholars who have applied for an academic librarianship mentor through the ACRL E.J. Josey Mentoring Program for Spectrum Scholars.
The four (4) recipients will be notified via email by February 1, 2015 and formally announced after they have confirmed their acceptance.
For questions contact David Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply by Oct 24 - ACRL/NY Symposium Student Scholarships - Greater New York Metropolitan Area ACRL CHapterby Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 10:52 am
Are you currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in library/information science? Are you considering a career in academic librarianship? Would you like to join a vibrant community of practice with academic-library colleagues from the Greater New York Metropolitan area? If yes, we encourage you to apply for one of four ACRL/NY Symposium Student Scholarships offered by the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
The ACRL/NY Symposium Student Scholarship is a waiver of registration fees for the organization’s upcoming 2014 symposium, “The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future,” to take place at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus on Friday, December 5, 2014. Featuring speakers, poster sessions, small group discussions and networking opportunities, this year’s event will focus on the ways in which the open access movement impacts academic librarians and the services they provide. Breakfast and lunch at the event are included with the symposium scholarship.
Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the full-day symposium and publish a short article on their impressions of the day in the ACRL/NY newsletter Connections.
Application submission deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014
Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before: Monday, November 17, 2014
For further information about the symposium, go to: http://acrlnysymp2014.wordpress.com/.
To submit your application, go to: http://acrlnysymp2014.wordpress.com/scholarship/.
We look forward to your submission.
The 2014 ACRL/NY Symposium Committee
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.
In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.
The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:
- Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
- Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
- Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
- Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
- Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States
The Fellowship offers:
- A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,146 in 2014)
- Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
- Some relocation funding
Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.
Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or email@example.com