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ARL/MLA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) offers a scholarship award to support eligible students for a master's program in library and information science (MLIS). This collaborative diversity recruitment program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and MLA. The program reflects the joint commitment of ARL and MLA to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in these fields.

The scholarship offers a generous suite of financial benefits to program participants as well as an internship in a music/performing arts library, a formal mentoring program, complimentary student membership in MLA, support to attend the MLA annual meeting, and career placement assistance. Tuition support and relocation costs are also included in what the scholarship covers financially.

The original partner institutions for the DII include: the University at Buffalo, SUNY; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the University of North Texas; and the University of Pittsburgh. The number of partner institutions was broadened for 2013-2015 to include other sites with major music collections, and to attract additional applicants/recipients.

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for the ARL/MLA DII scholarship.

 

Participants:

2013-2015

 

Joy DoanJoy M. Doan, San José State University
Internship host: University of California, Los Angeles, Music Library

Joy Doan holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature and Music from the University of Michigan, and a master of arts in music history from Case Western Reserve University. Currently, Joy is pursuing an MLIS from San José State University’s School of Library & Information Science. She aspires to work in an academic or research repository as a music librarian. In addition to music librarianship, Joy’s professional interests include digital archives and curation, technology services in academic libraries, diversity in academic libraries, and faculty outreach.

 

 

Rahni KennedyRahni B. Kennedy, University of North Texas
Internship host: University of North Texas Music Library

 

Rahni Kennedy is currently a library and information sciences student at the University of North Texas, working on a specialization in music librarianship as well as a private clarinet instructor and freelance performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has earned degrees in clarinet performance from Texas Tech University (DMA), the University of Illinois (MM), and Southeastern Louisiana University (BM).  His interests include the research and performance of music of the African Diaspora and diversity issues in librarianship.

 

Jakilah MasonJakilah Mason, University of Pittsburgh
Internship host: University of Pittsburgh Theodore M. Finney Music Library

A graduate of the New College of Florida, Jakilah Mason has a joint disciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and English. This fall, she began studies for a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to music librarianship, she plans to focus her graduate studies on the intersection of library professions with social justice issues, including diversity among resources, library professions, and library patronage. She is also interested in special and alternative libraries. 


 

Patrick SifuentesPatrick Sifuentes, Dominican University
Internship host: Northwestern University Music Library 

Patrick Sifuentes is a first generation master’s student.  Originally from the Texas Gulf Coast region, he began his studies at Sam Houston State University where he worked in the Music Library listening room.  Patrick then transferred to Loyola University New Orleans where he completed his bachelor of music degree.  At Loyola, he was the Evening and Weekend Student Supervisor of the Music Library.  Sifuentes is in his second year in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.

 

 

Ricky WilliamsRicky Williams, University of Pittsburgh
Internship host: University of Pittsburgh Theodore M. Finney Music Library 

Ricky Williams is currently pursuing masters in Library and Information Science with a Music Specialization at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he worked as an orchestral musician and music teacher throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area.  He received a bachelor of music, Magna Cum Laude in Clarinet performance from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and a Masters in Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. He has held the positions at UF and CMU, respectively as Head Ensemble Librarian and logistics associate; a position centered around serving all performing groups, conductors,  guest artists, faculty, students, staff, as well as publishers to ensure that music materials were comprehensive, fully prepared and appropriately accessible to the ensemble members. His interest and intensive training in the performing arts, music, and diversity, has prompted his interest in pursuing music librarianship. In addition to music librarianship, Ricky is also interested in information ethics, copyright and fair use in the digital age, and other legal issues in information handling and the performing arts.

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