Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2018–2020
cohort of the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to
recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically
underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and
archives. Benefits of the IRDW include:

  • A stipend of up to $10,000 over two years in support of MLIS education
  • Leadership and career development training
  • A site visit to an ARL member library
  • Financial support for skills development
  • A formal mentorship program

 

The IRDW is funded by ARL member libraries. This program reflects the commitment of
ARL members to create a diverse workforce that will better reflect the changing
demographics of higher education and society and will advance the Association’s goals of
creating more inclusive, equitable, and just organizations.

 

Program Goal and Objectives
The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce seeks to:

  • Attract MLIS students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to
    careers in research libraries and archives
  • Strengthen participants’ leadership and job-searching skills via the ARL Annual
  • Leadership Symposium held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
  • Develop a network of peers and mentors who will guide and nurture the career
    development of the participants

 

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the
    categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada or Aboriginal
    (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people classifications
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the US, Canada, or Puerto Rico
  • Be accepted into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
  • Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in a research library or archive, especially
    one that is a member of the Association of Research Libraries

 

To Apply

  • All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern
    daylight time on Monday, May 14, 2018:
  • Online application form
  • Résumé
  • Essay (400 words maximum) describing what attracts you to a career in a research
    library or archive
  • Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester
    completed
  • Unofficial graduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester
    completed OR official letter of acceptance into a graduate-level program in library
    and information science
  • Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

 

For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Initiative to
Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) website.