I’m an Art History MA student at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Last year I participated in a fellowship/mentorship experience in the libraries here at CU-Boulder. The program (Provost’s Faculty Fellowship in the University Libraries) functions as a method for recruiting graduate students to careers in academic librarianship. Fellows work with academic librarians to develop a mentoring relationship and gain experience working in academic libraries. One of the central ideas behind this recruitment effort is that graduate students in disciplines outside of LIS are an untapped source of future academic librarians. In other words, while recruiting current LIS students to academic librarianship is great, convincing graduate students outside of LIS to pursue an MLIS degree is an equally effective (if not better) recruitment strategy.
So what am I getting at, you ask? Well, I’d like to know what ArLiSNAP-ers think about the recruitment strategy I outlined above. I’m posting this because I think it would be interesting to start a discussion about recruitment and get the perspectives of people in different stages of the process (before library school, library school students, new professionals, etc.).
To kick off the discussion, here’s an issue I’ve been thinking about… ARLIS/NA’s Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance is currently limited to library school students and recent grads. Does anyone think this award should be made available to graduate students and recent grads in related disciplines (i.e. art, art history, architecture, design, etc.) as well?
I’m looking forward to your comments!