Project Increasing Diversity of Librarians (IDOL) is accepting applications for Fall 2014 from February 1 – June 1. Project IDOL Fellows will receive full tuition for their MLIS degree, to be completed within 2 years, as well as the advisory support of individual mentors, and additional funds for books, conference travel and a personal computer.
Project IDOL is a collaboration between the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance. WSU SLIS and the HBCU Library Alliance have received funding from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to increase the diversity of the library profession. In this 3-year project, the two partner organizations will recruit, mentor, and provide an online Master of Library and Information Science degree to 10 students from historically underrepresented groups in order to achieve greater diversity among practicing library professionals. SLIS will provide the education and the HBCU library alliance will assist with recruitment and retention through mentorship of the selected students by library professionals with senior level experience and prior mentorship training.