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ARL Career Enhancement Program

My friend Mark is the Director of Diversity Programs at the Association of Research Libraries. There are so many amazing opportunities available to library school students from underrepresented groups. I thought I’d share one with an upcoming deadline of Sept. 30th, 2009.

From Mark’s email:

The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, offers MLIS students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust internship experience in an ARL member library.  Applicants must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program and complete at least 12 credits prior to engaging in the internship.

The Career Enhancement Program is comprised of the following:

  • a 6- to 12-week paid internship at an ARL partner library
  • a mentoring relationship with a professional librarian
  • an opportunity to attend the 2010 ARL Leadership Institute (held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting)
  • a potential academic stipend for MLIS coursework
  • career placement assistance

For more information on the program, eligibility requirements, and timeline for selection of participants, please visit:

I am happy to answer any questions about the program.  Please email me, off list, at my ARL email indicated in the signature below.

Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity Programs
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20001


Fax: (217)872-0884

Please share this with any library school students you think might fit the bill!

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