Inclusive Internship Initiative to launch at Library of Congress

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/12/2017

Contact:

Shawnda Hines
Press Officer
ALA Washington Office
(202) 628-8410
Washington, D.C. - This summer 50 teens from diverse backgrounds and from 25 states will participate in the first-ever national Inclusive Internship Initiative, set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. on June 16, in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. The program is the first of its kind to introduce teens to careers in librarianship.
 
Public libraries value equity, diversity and inclusion and are working to recruit librarians that mirror the nation’s changing demographics. Interns reflect the diversity of local communities and align with eligibility for the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship and Century Scholars programs.
 
Through a pre-professional Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant, Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will provide 50 high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds at 39 host libraries (including Alaska and Hawaii and two tribal libraries) with competitive wages for summer jobs within libraries. Participating interns will have a unique opportunity to connect with one another and participate in training sessions on June 16 and 17 with some of our nation’s most renowned library leaders, including Felton Thomas, Jr., President, Public Library Association; Robert Newlen, Deputy Librarian for Institutional Advancement, Library of Congress; and Robin Dale, Acting Deputy Director of Libraries, Institute of Museum and Library Services. 
 
Members of the media interested in attending the event, or speaking with participating interns, library mentors or session leaders are welcome to contact Shawnda Hines, Press Officer, ALA Washington Office, (202) 628-8410, or shines@alawash.org