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This research guide provides information about the Diversity Scholars Program (DSP) at the OSU Libraries and Press, including resources to learn more about careers in libraries and archives, a frequently asked questions page, contact information for the DSP committee (see Contact box on left), and information about the application process.
The Diversity Scholars Program (DSP) at the OSU Libraries and Press (OSULP) aims to actively participate in creating a more diverse and inclusive Library Sciences field by providing students of color career opportunities in academic and research libraries and archives. The passionate and dedicated DSP committee works to provide extensive support and mentorship to OSULP Diversity Scholars obtaining a master of library and information science (MLIS) education by providing paid, hands-on experience within the profession to broaden their opportunities post-graduate education.
The program believes it is critical to foster understanding and awareness of, and commitment to, social justice, inclusion, and multicultural awareness in the library and archives professions. The committee is seeking MLIS students with education, training, and/or lived experiences that will contribute to the refinement and enhancement of those capacities during their term in the OSU Diversity Scholars Program. OSULP hopes that this online and applied learning experience will empower the Diversity Scholars to be change agents within the profession.
In August 2019, Natalia Fernández, Supervisor of the Diversity Scholars Program, gave a presentation on the DSP as part of the panel “Best Practices in Establishing Library Diversity Residency Programs” at the first ever Library Diversity and Residency Studies (LDRS) Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. A link to her presentation slides can be found here: LDRS 2019 Presentation
In 2019, Marisol Moreno Ortiz wrote about her experiences as the first DSP Diversity Scholar for InfoTecarios, a Spanish-language blog, "En busca de una igualdad diferente: la diversidad en bibliotecología en Oregon State University"
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