Sarah McGee, Association of Research Libraries 2015-11-23 14:09:18
Leadership in the archives profession, increasing diversity in the field, and involvement in professional organizations was the focus of the second annual Mosaic Leadership Forum on August 18, 2015, during the SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland. The event also included a practical session on job interview techniques and strategies for transitioning into the professional archives workforce. The 2014-2016 Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/SAA Mosaic Program fellows—Micha Broadnax, Joanna Chen Cham, Adriana Flores, Harvey Long, and Sara Powell—participated in the daylong forum. Also participating this year was Rachel E. Winston, one of the two 2015 winners of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award, which SAA presents to graduate students of color who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA. Fellows were met with opportunities to interact and network with advanced professionals who have taken on a variety of roles within their organizations, as well as opportunities to further build community as a cohort. "The entire experience really highlighted the importance of building a support network and providing areas for professional growth for students and new archivists," said Rose L. Chou, Mosaic Program Advisory Group member and moderator of this year's forum. "It was rewarding to see how our work throughout the year came together to support this group of highly insightful and ambitious students." Pam Hackbart-Dean, director of the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University, was a panelist for the mock interview session. "It was a pleasure meeting and working with our profession's forthcoming leaders," said Hackbart-Dean, who is also a member of the SAA Council. "The Mosaic Fellows are bright, perceptive, and ambitious. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for each one of them—it seems quite bright to me." Funded by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the goal of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program is to recruit students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups who are committed to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within the field. The agenda for this year's forum (http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/arl-saa-mosaic-forum-agenda-8-18-2015.pdf) and more information about the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program can be found on the ARL website at http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/arl-saa-mosaic-scholarship-program.
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