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Harvard University Library Notes / January 2006 / No. 1329
HCL Hosts MLS Students in ARL's Diversity Initiative
In November, Harvard College Library hosted six MLS students participating in the Association of Research Libraries' (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, as well as several MSLIS students from Simmons. The HCL event was initiated to help recruit librarians from underrepresented ethnic minorities to Harvard.
According to Jerome Offord, Jr., ARL's program officer for training and diversity, "I think they've gotten an excellent overview. They've gotten to see the importance of terminal degrees, as well as specialized degrees. It's sparked some interest." HCL's task was to acquaint the second-year graduate students with the workings of a major academic research library and to discuss the paths interested students might take to working at the Harvard libraries. For two days, the students met with HCL librarians, who shared the details of their own career paths and talked about the qualifications they look for when hiring library staff.
The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and 52 ARL member libraries. It offers a graduate education stipend of up to $10,000 to attract students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries.
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