The second iteration of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program is now accepting applications for the 2016–2018 cohort. The program, established in 2013 and recently awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to extend the program for three years, promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing support for master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups who are pursuing degrees with a concentration in archives or special collections librarianship. The program is funded by ARL member libraries and SAA in addition to IMLS.
Components of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program II include a robust internship experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development. This new iteration of the program will also offer a professional development experience to emphasize digital curation and management skills. The program seeks to attract individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program II offers a generous compensation package for each program participant consisting of:
- Tuition stipend of up to $10,000 distributed in four equal installments of $2,500 per semester
- Paid internship in a partner archives or library organization beginning in early fall 2016
- Participation in select Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) training events
- Mentoring from an archives professional or special collections librarian
- Financial assistance of up to $1,000 for relocation to the area of the MLIS program that the participant will attend
- Student membership in SAA for two years
- Support for travel to and participation in the annual ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum and SAA Annual Meeting in July 2017
- Support for travel to and participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, held in conjunction with the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in January 2017
To be eligible for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program II, you must:
- Identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada as well as Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous classifications
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada
- Be accepted into a master’s program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program
- Remain enrolled in at least six graduate credit hours per term through completion of the designated graduate programs and have at least one full academic year remaining in studies
- Maintain a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4-point scale) each term and submit transcripts as evidence of progression towards completion of graduate studies in the targeted areas
More Information & Application
For additional information about the program and to apply, please visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program webpage. The completed online application form and attachments as well as both letters of recommendation should be submitted to ARL by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT) on Monday, June 13, 2016.