2018-2020 ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellows Named

by Mark A. Puente | 202-296-2296 | mpuente@arl.org | on June 19, 2018

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program Selection Committee has accepted three master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the competitive diversity fellowship program. The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, funded by a generous grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services and by ARL members, strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce.

Each 2018–2020 Mosaic Program Fellow will participate in a one-year, paid internship with the archives and/or special collections at an ARL member institution. This cohort will begin their fellowships in fall 2018 and will participate in the 15th Annual ARL Leadership Symposium in January 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The fellows will also attend the 2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum, to be held at the SAA Annual Meeting in August 2019 in Austin, Texas.

“This was an outstanding group of Mosaic Program Fellow candidates, particularly because so many of them have already undertaken innovative projects around social justice and memory work in their communities,” said archivist Stacey Chandler, ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Selection Committee member. “It's exciting to see talented, rising archivists engaging with issues of inclusion and representation across a wide range of areas within the archival profession.”

The 2018–2020 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows are:

  • Carolina Meneses, University of California, Los Angeles
    Internship host: University of California, Los Angeles Library
  • Tomoko Shida, University of Toronto
    Internship host: University of Toronto Libraries
  • Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, Clarion University
    Internship host: New York University Libraries

In addition to the internship and professional development events, fellows in the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program receive tuition support, mentoring, leadership development, career placement assistance, and complimentary student membership in SAA.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the Society of American Archivists

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. It is the preeminent source of professional resources and the principal communication hub for American archivists. Through its activities and advocacy efforts, SAA promotes the value and diversity of archives and archivists and enables archivists to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. SAA is on the web at www.archivists.org.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

imls-logoThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.