Marcia Smith-Woodard (Indiana State Library) and Marilyn Irwin (SLIS IUPUI) were co-project directors for the Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity grant. This project, funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services, supported 31 students through their Master of Library Science programs. A final summary of the project helps to celebrate the students' achievements and job successes, and to thank the many mentors, librarians, and people who contributed to their successes.
About the Project:
"In June 2008 the Indiana State Library and the Indiana University School of Library Science (IU SLIS) at Indianapolis announced receipt of a $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for recruiting and educating 30 ethnically/racially diverse students for Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) Project. The following organizations have pledged their support to the success of the project: The State Library Diversity Advisory Council; Administrators and Directors of Large Public Libraries in Indiana; Academic Libraries of Indiana; Indiana Black Librarians Network; Indiana Library Federation; and Indiana Special Libraries Association.
The fellowships were designed for individuals from diverse backgrounds who have been traditionally underrepresented in the library profession. This opportunity will enable them to pursue the Master of Library Science Degree to be equipped to join the professional library workforce in Indiana. By accepting the fellowship, the students are obligated to successfully complete the MLS with a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average. They will be required to work in an Indiana library for at least two years upon graduation. Fellows have been linked with experienced library professionals as mentors and resources. Some fellows have been or are currently working or volunteering in various types of libraries, museums, or historical societies. Their presence as working professional librarians will help Indiana libraries to better serve their diverse populations." (I-LLID Project Website)
Posted November 14, 2012