Incoming MLS student Monique Libby was selected to be an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) scholar for 2015-2017.
The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), is funded by ARL member libraries, as a means to address the low representation of racial and ethnic minorities among member institutions. The program attracts students from underrepresented groups to careers in academic and research libraries, and archives. Scholars receive a tuition scholarship of up to $10,000, leadership development, a visit to an ARL research library, mentoring, paid membership in a major professional association or in one of the American Library Association’s five ethnic caucuses, and an additional $2,500 per person in support of one-time training and skills development.
Monique Libby is an MLS candidate at the University of Maryland iSchool, specializing in Archives and Digital Curation. She holds a BA in History from St. Thomas Aquinas College and an MA in American and Modern Asian History from Fordham University. Monique currently works as a Digital Library Technician at Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC, where she provides support service for their digital library and digitization projects. In her previous academic career, Monique was an adjunct History professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, and an Editorial Assistant for the Papers of John Jay at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. She also worked as an Archives Technician for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) with the NARA/Ancestry.com Digitization Partnership Project. Monique’s professional interests are digital libraries, digitization, open access, linked data, digital preservation, and web development. She seeks to bridge the gap between users and information by guiding them through technology.