Kaleidoscope Program Call for Applications

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2019–2021 cohort of the
Kaleidoscope Program. Formerly known as the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), the
Kaleidoscope Program recruits master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically
underrepresented ethnic and racial groups into careers in research libraries and archives.


Benefits of the Kaleidoscope Program include:
A tuition 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 Kaleidoscope Program 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 Kaleidoscope Program 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


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
Be a resident of the US or Canada
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
Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
Online application form
Essay (400 words maximum) describing what attracts you to a career in a research library or archive
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts including last academic semester completed
Unofficial graduate transcripts including last academic semester completed OR official letter of
acceptance into a graduate-level program in library and information science (either at the time of
application or before being accepted into the Kaleidoscope Program)
Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)
For more information about the program and the application process, visit https://www.arl.org/kaleidoscope