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
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
Joy 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 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 Mason, University of Pittsburgh
Internship host: University of Pittsburgh Theodore M. Finney Music Library
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 Sifuentes, Dominican University
Internship host: Northwestern University Music Library
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