ARL/MLA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

This initiative has been completed.  Please see the MLA Diversity Scholarship page for current information.


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.




Opetoritse Agbejuleoritse Adefolalu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Opetoritse “Ritse” Adefolalu is pursuing his MLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Ritse worked as a library assistant in Harvard’s Music Library, and spent six weeks in Japan volunteering with Gakki for Kids, a group that gathers and donates musical instruments to children affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Having developed an early affinity for music, Ritse is interested in researching and facilitating musicianship in children and young adults through music librarianship. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he will work in the University’s Music & Performing Arts Library. Ritse’s other interests include youth readership, print culture, bibliography, and archives.

Avery Boddie
University of Maryland, College Park
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Avery is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is returning to the University of Maryland to start his MLS degree with a specialization in archives and digital curation. Avery recently completed an internship in the Music Division at the Library of Congress and is currently a freelance musician in the Washington, DC area. Avery’s musical interests include chamber music and solo trumpet literature. Upon completion of his degree, Avery hopes to combine his background in music and experience in library sciences to work in the DC area as a music librarian or archivist.

Morgan Davis
University of North Texas
Morgan Davis is a graduate student in the library science program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. As a first generation college graduate, Morgan holds a bachelor of arts from the University of North Texas. She is currently a graduate library assistant for the music library at UNT where she specializes in music cataloging. In addition to music librarianship, her interests include information architecture, archival work, information technology policy, Brazilian and Romani music and culture, and the preservation of America’s rich jazz history and culture.

Jessica Redhouse
University of Arizona
Jessica Redhouse received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, where she is also pursuing her MLS degree. As a 2014 Knowledge River Scholar, Jessica has had the opportunity to incorporate her life long passion as a music enthusiast into her graduate program. Jessica’s greatest interests lie in learning and appreciating a diversity of music, art, and crafts; for the past year, she has also been studying percussion independently. After completion of her MLIS, Jessica hopes to begin a career in an academic library, where she can share her love of music as a music librarian.



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Dhyana Berry
Simmons College
Internship Host Institution: Harvard University Loeb Music Library

Dhyana Berry is a first-year graduate student at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with a bachelor of music in music business/management. She is currently the circulation supervisor as well as manager of the Interlibrary Loan Department at the Stan Getz Library at Berklee. In addition to being an ARL/MLA DII Fellow, she is also a 2014–2015 ALA Spectrum Scholar. Her interests include music librarianship, information architecture and systems design.

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Victoria Castillo
University of North Texas
Internship Host Institution: University of North Texas Music Library

Victoria Castillo is a first generation BA graduate and master's student. She obtained her music history and literature degree at California State University, Long Beach. As an undergraduate, Victoria studied the clarinet and wrote her thesis on Tielman Susato and his Danserye collection. Now she is pursuing a MLS degree at the University of North Texas while working as an aide at the Whittier Public Library. Her interests are the research of medieval and renaissance music and archival libraries. Her goal in life is to start a career that she loves by combining the joy of music and libraries to share with the world.

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Treshani Perera
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Internship Host Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Music Library

Treshani Perera received a bachelor of arts degree in music and psychology from Berea College (Berea, KY) in 2010, and a master of music degree in collaborative piano from Illinois State University (Normal, IL) in 2013. An active collaborative pianist, Treshani served as a lecturer of music for class piano and non-major music courses at UW-Oshkosh during the 2013–2014 school year. Treshani will commence her graduate studies in library science with an emphasis in music librarianship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a coordinated MM/MLIS degree student in fall 2014. Upon completing her MM/MLIS degree, Treshani hopes to be employed as a music librarian in an academic environment. In addition to music librarianship, Treshani's professional interests include digital libraries, information organization, and post-WWII music.

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Zoua Sylvia Yang
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
Internship Host Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Zoua Sylvia Yang is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and has a BFA in music history and violin performance. After graduating, she transitioned into UW-Milwaukee's coordinated degree program and is currently pursuing a joint master's in musicology and library and information science. Apart from her interest in music librarianship, Zoua hopes to research the importance and usage of music in Milwaukee's Southeast Asian community.





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.




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