This year’s Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (ARL CEP) Fellows Julian Etienne Gomez Baranda and Nabil Kashyap began their summer internships with UK Libraries in May. Julian, whose mentor is Mary Molinaro, is working with Doug Boyd in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. Nabil is working in Digital Library Services with Beth Kraemer. Mary Beth Thomson is Nabil’s mentor and Judy Sackett is the UK Libraries ARL CEP Coordinator.
The Career Enhancement Program, offers library and information graduate students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups the opportunity to gain practical internship experience in an ARL member library. Funding for the program is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, with the goal of creating a diverse research library workforce.
Nabil has a BA in Ecology and Creative Writing, an MFA in Creative Writing, and a MSI degree in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. He has been an archival consultant to a national park in Alaska, an intern at the National Archives and Records Administration, and a participant in a second ARL Diversity initiative, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce.
UK Libraries has hosted six previous interns in the ARL Career Enhancement Program, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Two additional ARL CEP Fellows will be selected for the summer of 2014. More information about the ARL CEP can be found at http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/career-enhancement-program.