W&M Libraries Mosaic Diversity Program

According to recent reports, nearly three-quarters of staff employed by U.S. academic libraries identify as white. This statistic highlights an issue facing many academic libraries of understanding and addressing the lack of diversity in the library profession.

William & Mary Libraries is committed to encouraging and supporting students and recent graduates from minority backgrounds with interests in exploring library careers. Developed in response to the W&M Libraries Diversity Plan, the Mosaic Diversity Program provides valuable, paid work experience in the library field.

The program has two components: a fellowship program for recent graduates of universities/colleges in Virginia and a summer internship program for William & Mary undergraduate students.

We are dedicated to building a culturally diverse cohort and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented minority candidates for this program.

Fellowships:

The Mosaic Diversity Fellowship Program is open to 2019-2020 graduates of any 4-year university/college in Virginia (private or public).

The program runs one full year, from May 2020-May 2021, with fellows expected to commit to 29 hours per week with compensation at $20 an hour. Fellowships also include reimbursement of graduate program applications costs, as applicable (up to $500), and a food stipend of $1,200. Library experience is not required or expected.

The program also includes mentorship and programming on topics such as diversity and inclusion, librarianship, personal and professional development, and issues in higher education. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences.

Required qualifications:
  • Recent graduate (December 2018, May 2019, December 2019 or May 2020) of a 4-year university/college in Virginia (private or public)

Preferred qualifications:
  • Expressed interest in diversity and inclusion.

  • Stated interest in libraries and/or library careers.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to learn, ask questions and seek solutions.

Selected individual(s) will be matched with a library project based on their expressed interest and their skill set. 

Internships:

The Mosaic Diversity Internship Program is open to current W&M undergraduate students interested in exploring careers in libraries or archives. Each intern will be matched with a project based on their stated interest and will also be assigned a mentor. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in programs on topics such as diversity and inclusion, librarianship, and personal and professional development, and join library staff in off-site trainings and/or visits to other libraries.

The program will run from May 25, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Interns are expected to commit to 20-25 hours per week with compensation at $10 an hour. Internships also include on-campus housing and a food stipend of $600.  Library experience is not required or expected.

Required qualifications:
  • Current undergraduate student at William & Mary
Preferred qualifications:
  • Expressed interest in diversity and inclusion.
  • Stated interest in libraries and/or library careers.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to learn, ask questions and seek solutions.

Selected individual(s) will be matched with a library project based on their expressed interest and their skill set. 

To apply:

Apply online. Applications will open January 2020. 

Questions?

Contact our program co-chairs: