Wayne State University Recruits 21st Century Art Librarians

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Wayne State Library System Receives Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant to Recruit 21st Century Librarians
The Wayne State University Library and Information Science announced the recipients of the “Recruiting and Educating the 21st Century Fine and Performing Arts Librarian.” The recipients are:
Asako Chihaya, Ferndale, Mich.
Justine Rebeca Flores, Detroit, Mich.
Paul Steven Gallagher, Wyandotte, Mich.
Amisha Sanise Harijan, Detroit, Mich.
Sheila M. Palmer, Detroit, Mich.
Bridghette Michelle Parker, Southfield, Mich.
Sara Mary Quimby, Phoenix, Ariz.
Kallene D. Rutherford, Detroit, Mich.
Gladys Santiago, Brandon, Fla.
Molly Jean Schoen, East Lansing, Mich.
Serena Jennifer Vaquilar, Northridge, Calif.
Joseph E. Weber, Belleville, Mich.

Nicolet V. Elert, Detroit, Mich.
Kristine Anne Kuhl, Saline, Mich.
Kathryn Elizabeth Reineke, Flushing, Mich.
Ben Richardson, Anoka, Minn.
The grants are designed to help offset a current shortage of school library media specialists, library school faculty and librarians working in underserved communities, as well as a looming shortage of library directors and other senior librarians, many of whom are expected to retire in the next 20 years. “I’m very impressed with the 49 individuals who applied for the Fine Arts Librarian program, and feel they will receive an excellent education and experience during their two years with us. It is unfortunate that we only have space for 12,” said Joseph J. Mika, director of the Wayne State Library and Information Science Program.
Partners in the Detroit collaborative will include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater. Students will be placed in mentoring relationships with senior librarians. In addition to earning master’s degrees in library and information science from Wayne State University, the recruits will receive practical training from mentors in building and organizing a new library; managing an orchestra library; providing services in a well-established library; and providing services to faculty in an academic environment.
Jennifer Moldwin Gustafson, former Head of the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library & Archives (1993-2005) is program coordinator for this project. “It is exciting that these important cultural institutions of Detroit are working together to organize and preserve their rich history for future generations,” she said.
The Wayne State University Library System consists of the universities’ five libraries: The David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Shiffman Medical Library, the Arthur Neef Law Library and the Science and Engineering Library, the Library and Information Science Program and UGE 1000 general education course.
Wayne State University is a premier institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 12 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students in metropolitan Detroit.

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