Harvard College Library Hosts MLS Students in ARL Initiative

Program participants with Nancy Cline, Roy. E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College. Back row: Stephanie Miles, Jerome Offord Jr (ARL Program Officer), Jovanna Frazier, Jackie Ball, and Maurice Gordon. Front row: Senele Gonzalez, Claudia Holguin, Isabelle Marques De Castilla, Nancy Cline, Beverly Ann Fortner, Michele Alaniz, and Rachel Seale.

November 8, 2005 - Harvard College Library played host this week to 6 MLS students participating in the Association of Research Libraries' (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, as well as several Simmons MLS students. The HCL event was initiated to help recruit librarians from underrepresented ethnic minorities to Harvard.

Jerome Offord Jr, ARL's Program Officer for Training and Diversity, accompanied the participants. "I think they've gotten an excellent overview," he says. "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 grad students, who are preparing to graduate, 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. Presenters included Cline; Dan Hazen, Associate Librarian for Collection Development; Marilyn Wood, Associate Librarian of Collection Management; Jane Ouderkirk, Head of HCL Technical Services; William Stoneman, Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library; Carrie Kent, Head of Widener Research Services; Lynne Schmeltz, Librarian for the Sciences and Librarian of the Cabot and Tozzer Libraries; Kathy Martinez, Herman and Joan Suit Librarian of the Fine Arts Library; and Virginia Danielson, Richard F. French Librarian of the Loeb Music Library.

Program participants also toured Widener Library and were paired up one-on-one with HCL librarians to learn about their experiences and backgrounds as well.

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.

The HCL program participants, who come from schools as near as Simmons and as far as California, were Michele Alaniz, Jackie Ball, Isabelle Marques De Castilla, Beverly Ann Fortner, Jovanna Frazier, Senele Gonzalez, Maurice Gordon, Claudia Holguin, Stephanie Miles, Rachel Seale.

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