Nicola Andrews, second-year online MLIS student, was selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for their 2016 Career Enhancement Program.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, the fellowship provides internship experiences in an ARL library to students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.
The goal of the program is to create a diverse research library workforce that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics and the emphasis of global perspectives in higher education.
The 2016 cohort will kick off their participation in the program at the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, to be held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, January 2016, and will complete their internships throughout the winter/spring term.
Andrews and the other five fellows chosen for the 2016 program will receive a paid internship; the potential for academic credit for the practical experience; a mentoring relationship with a professional librarian; and an opportunity to attend the annual ARL Leadership Symposium.
Andrews will intern at the University of Washington under the direction of Robin Chin Roemer, Instructional Design / Outreach Services Librarian, MLIS '10.
In addition to the ARL award, Andrews has been named as a 2015/2016 ALA Spectrum Scholar, a recipient of the 2016 PLA Spectrum Scholar Travel Grant, and most recently, an IFLA IMLS Library Fellow.