On Monday, March 21, 2011 over 40 people met to celebrate the last year of the Indiana Librarian's Leading in Diversity - Fellows Grant supported by IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services). Marcia Smith-Woodard, I-LLID Project Director at the Indiana State Library, organized the event. The event was held at the Indiana Memorial Union, State Rooms East and West, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The photos included with this story were taken at the event.

A total of 31 Fellows participated in the grant through four cohort groups. Student résumés are available on the I-LLID Project website with the Indiana State Library. Several will be looking for positions in the near future. Employers are invited to contact the students.

The theme of the I-LLID Final Forum was "Library Leadership - The Vision". The schedule of the Forum is included here:

Madelyn Shackelford Washington
Accompanied by Iuri Hart Santos & Jamal Borden 

Dr. Debora (Ralf) Shaw, Interim Dean, Indiana University SLIS

Rhonda Spencer, IUB SLIS Admissions Director 
Dr. Marilyn Irwin, Associate Professor, IUPUI SLIS

Marcia Smith-Woodard, I-LLID Project Director, Indiana State Library

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Associate Dean, IUB SLIS

Alberta Davis Comer, Dean of Library Services, Indiana State University, Terre Haute
“Leadership Roles: Lessons I Have Learned Along the Way”

Liana Hong Zhou, Director of Library and Archives, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington
“Diversity and Leadership: The Power in YOU!”


Excerpt from a 2008 Press Release by the Indiana State Library: 

Indiana Receives $1 Million Grant for Librarian Diversity Initiative
"The Indiana State Library and the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Indianapolis were awarded a $1 million federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the Librarians Leading in Diversity (LLID) project. The grant was given as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Additionally, the project is supported by the Indiana State Library's Diversity Advisory Council, Academic Libraries of Indiana, Administrators of Large Public Libraries in Indiana, the Indiana Black Librarians Network, the Indiana Library Federation, and the Indiana Special Libraries Association. 

'This is a fabulous opening for Indiana libraries to become more diverse,' said Dr. Marilyn Irwin, Associate Dean, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Indianapolis. 'This grant creates great opportunities for members of diverse communities who have been historically underrepresented in the profession.'"

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