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  Diversity Programs Contact:
Mark A. Puente
ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII)

Application Requirements

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Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, according to the application deadlines of the MLIS programs affiliated with the partner libraries. Please consult the respective MLIS programs for further information.

The following materials must be submitted in application for the ARL/MLA DII scholarship:

To be uploaded with the application form:

  • Résumé (see guidelines)

  • Names and contact information of two references, one of whom should be a supervisor or school faculty member who can speak to the applicant’s:

  • Abilities in oral and written communication
  • Achievements

  • Interpersonal skills (e.g., ability to work as a part of a team)
  • Initiative
  • 500-word essay describing what attracts the applicant to a career in music and performing arts librarianship. Criteria for evaluating the essays include:
  • Content and clarity
  • Clear professional and educational goals
  • Enthusiasm
  • Perceived potential for growth
  • Official letter of acceptance into an ALA-accredited MLIS program

To be mailed directly to ARL:

  • Academic transcripts, including any graduate-level coursework completed

Mail transcripts to:

Marianne Seales, Program Assistant
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036


*Please note that each MLIS program has its own admissions and application requirements and, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all admissions deadlines are met. Participation in the internship component of the DII is contingent upon the successful recruitment of an ARL partner music/performing arts library to host and manage the internship. If you do not have a letter of acceptance by the time you submit your application to ARL, you may mail a copy of the letter directly to ARL once you receive it.