The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program designed to introduce undergraduate students from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups to the library and information science discipline. The program offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship 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. Participants will develop leadership skills and will receive training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice.
The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Successful applicants will meet all of 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 United States or Canada
- Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution whose library is an ARL member
- Express an interest in exploring possible career and graduate school options in the library and information science or archives field, as well as an interest in receiving training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice
- Express commitment to the fundamental values and mission of libraries and archives
All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Thursday, April 12, 2018:
- Online application form
- Essay (500 words maximum) on your interest in the fellowship and the knowledge, skills, interest, or abilities you would bring to the library or archives environment
- Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed
- Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)
For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence website.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.