Congratulations to MLIS student Rachel Smith, who has been nominated as an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program Fellow. Smith is one of only 10 fellows selected to participate in this competitive diversity recruitment program.
The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, gives MLIS students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a fellowship experience that includes an internship in an ARL member library.
The Career Enhancement Program has four main components: a six- to twelve-week internship experience in an ARL library, mentoring by a professional librarian at the host institution, participation in the ARL Leadership Symposium, and career placement assistance. The host institutions for the 2013 internships are: University of Arizona, Columbia University, University of Kentucky, National Library of Medicine, University of Michigan. Smith will be interning at the University of Arizona at their Main Library this summer from May to the end of June, and she just completed the ARL Leadership Symposium during the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, Washington.
Smith is an ACE Scholar who will graduate in May 2013. She works as a graduate assistant in Instructional Technology and in the Teaching Resources Center in the School of Education. She has experience in academic and public libraries, including internships at Bennett College and in Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance, and she is interested in children’s librarianship, emerging technologies, information literacy, and outreach.