The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a second grant of $500,000 to six academic libraries to address librarian recruiting and diversity issues at the undergraduate
level. The award funds the second year-and-a-half of a three-year, multi-faceted project that includes broad-based, issues-oriented programming designed to familiarize undergraduates with the challenges facing the library profession and draw their attention to librarianship as a
career. It also includes internship and scholarship opportunities. Participating schools include the libraries of the Atlanta University Center (serving Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse and Spelman Colleges) Mount Holyoke, Oberlin, Occidental, Swarthmore, and Wellesley
colleges. The program is directed by Ray English, director of libraries at Oberlin. The initiative also aims to help broaden the racial and ethnic composition of the library profession. The project began in 2003, and proved popular with students.
Library Journal Academic Newswire (TM)
February 8, 2005