For MSIS students looking for a unique adventure

Opportunity knocks:   Have an interest in Special Collections?   Looking for a good conference to attend?  Are you from a traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority group and looking for a grant or unique adventure?   The listings below offer a number of opportunities for MSIS students. 


Call for Story Ideas: Public TV Series to Highlight Special Collections 


WPSU: Penn State Public Broadcasting 

Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU) is developing a national public television series called Treasures of the Special Collections—that the producers see as a cross between History Detectives and Antiques Roadshow—to tell stories found in the special collections of research libraries. The producers are currently developing a funding proposal and are seeking help to identify story ideas to be cited in a written description of a hypothetical first season.

Stories could come from a number of angles. They could be researcher driven, e.g., a mysterious artifact’s purpose is revealed; perhaps an author uncovers a piece of information that sheds new light on a famous discovery; or a totally new line of discovery is initiated due to previously unused sources. A story could be curator driven—showing off myriad wonders in a single collection—with artifacts as old as hand-printed medieval manuscripts or as contemporary and spontaneous as the “Africa Responds to Obama” collection of artifacts/memorabilia at Northwestern University that sprang up in the wake of the 2008 election. There could be a story about how a collection came into being—perhaps a profile of someone even now in the process of donating his or her life’s work or personal collection to a library.

The producers feel that this series holds great potential for increasing awareness and appreciation for special collections and research libraries and our mission—to preserve and protect primary sources and to make them accessible—fostering the notion that it is the use of special collections that makes them special. If you are interested in engaging this project, by April 20 please send brief descriptions of your story ideas (and links to related material) to WPSU producer Kristian Berg.


Orphan Works Symposium to Be Held at Berkeley April 12–13


Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities

ARL and CNI are co-sponsors of a symposium on “Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities,” to be held at the University of California, Berkeley Law School on April 12–13. The symposium will offer a fresh look at orphan works and mass digitization by examining the existing obstacles, including legal and practical concerns of both owners and potential users, and opportunities to enable greater access and new uses for these works. The event features an outstanding array of scholars and other experts from various disciplines. For more details and to register, visit the symposium website.

Digital Libraries Conference to Convene in DC June 10–14


Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2012

ARL and CNI have endorsed the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2012, which will be held in at George Washington University in Washington, DC, June 10–14. JCDL is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries—in a broad sense—and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. The theme for JCDL 2012 is #sharing #linking #using #preserving. The program is being organized by an international committee of scholars and leaders in the digital libraries field and attendance is expected to include several hundred researchers, practitioners, managers, and students. Registration is expected to open by the end of March. For more information, visit the JCDL 2012 website.

Designing Libraries for the 21st Century: Calgary to Host Conference May 16–18 


Designing Libraries for the 21st Century

The University of Calgary Library is hosting a conference that will explore the trends and concepts shaping the design and services of 21st-century libraries, learning centers, and specialized library spaces. Speakers will include library and university administrators, architects, designers, technologists, and campus planners from Calgary and across North America. The conference is being co-organized by Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost and University Librarian at University of Calgary, and Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director. For more details and to register, visit the conference website.

ALA Diversity Research Grants: Call for Applications 


ALA Diversity Research Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) is currently accepting applications for its Diversity Research Grant program for 2012–2013. Established in 2002, the program seeks to address critical gaps in diversity research in the library and information science profession. Grant recipients are awarded a cash stipend of $2,000 in support of original research, as well as a $500 travel grant to attend the ALA Annual Conference where research results are reported. The deadline for proposals is April 30. For additional information and application instructions, visit the ALA website.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Registration Now Open 


Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Register now for the second national Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), to be held September 19–23, 2012, in Kansas City, Missouri. The JCLC is sponsored by the five ethnic caucuses of the American Library Association (ALA): the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA—the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. For more information and to register, visit the JCLC website.

ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Accepting Applications 


 Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

The ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in those fields. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ARL/MLA DII offers generous financial benefits in support of MLIS education as well as a paid internship in a partner library to students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups who have academic training in music. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but are contingent upon acceptance into the MLIS program affiliated with one of the five library partners: University at Buffalo, SUNY; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of North Texas; and University of Pittsburgh. Applications for fall 2012 admissions are still being accepted at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (April 1), and University of North Texas (July 15). For more details and to apply, visit the ARL/MLA DII website.

ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce: Call for Applications 


ARL Diversity Scholars 2010-12
photo: J.T. MacMillan

ARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit MLIS students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups into careers in research libraries. The program benefits include a stipend up to $10,000 in support of MLIS education, leadership and career development training, a hosted visit to Purdue University Libraries, and a formal mentorship program. The current iteration of the IRDW focuses on recruitment of students with academic backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, although students with any academic background are encouraged to apply. The IRDW is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member libraries. The application deadline is May 1. For more information and to apply, visit the ARL IRDW website.



Frank D’Andraia

Service Professor

Department of Information Studies

College of Computing and Information

141A Draper Hall

135 Western Avenue

University at Albany

State University of New York

Albany, New York 12222


Phone:  518.442.5118


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