Columbia University Libraries Hosts Summer Fellows


(NEW YORK, June 16, 2009) Columbia University Libraries is hosting two ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) fellows this summer. Jason Escalante from Pratt Institute and Minglu Wang from the University of Iowa began their internships June 4th, part of a unique career development opportunity coordinated through the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, gives library science students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust fellowship experience in an ARL member library. In this inaugural offering, 18 fellows were selected and matched to eight ARL libraries across the country.

During the eight-week summer program each fellow will gain first-hand experience by working on a strategic project in the libraries. Minglu Wang will work in the Social Work Library and C. V. Starr East Asian Library with Alysse Jordan and Chengzhi Wang. Additionally, Wang will be matched with mentor Jeff Carroll, assistant director for collection development. Jason Escalante will work in the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library with Janet Parks and Michael Ryan. Escalante’s mentor will be undergraduate librarian Anice Mills.

While here, they will also meet with various groups within the Libraries including Preservation and Conservation, Cataloging and Acquisitions, Libraries Assessment, Access Services and Interlibrary Loan, and the Copyright Advisory Office.

At the conclusion of their summer experience, ARL will continue to support the fellows with leadership training and career placement assistance. “Columbia University Libraries is proud to be among the inaugural host institutions for the ARL-CEP program,” said Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. “The objectives of the ARL-CEP program reflect the Libraries’ commitment to create a diverse research library community that better meets the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics.”

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

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