Rare Book School Awards Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Heritage Scholarships

Charlottesville, VA – Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia has selected the third cohort of 15 fellows to join the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Heritage (RBS-Mellon CH Fellowship) . Fellows will participate in a three-year program that includes orientation, rare book school classes, community symposia, and other activities related to collections and multicultural training.

“We are especially excited this year to bring new Fellows together in person so they can begin to build valuable peer networks through face-to-face interactions,” said Danielle Culpepper, RBS Director of Budget and Finance. and one of the authors of this initiative. “The 2020 and 2021 pandemic has forced RBS to move the activities of the first two cohorts of Fellows online. This year, we are therefore grateful that they can finally participate in activities together in person, as we originally planned. and considered.”

This program builds on the success of previous RBS fellowship initiatives, including the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Critical Bibliography Scholars, IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early Career Librarians, and RBS-RBMS Diversity. Scholarship program. The RBS-Mellon CH Fellowship was established to: develop skills in documenting and interpreting visual and textual materials in special collections and archives; raise awareness in professional communities of the importance of inclusive and multicultural collections, including their promotion, development and management; connect with diverse communities and audiences through strategic programs, outreach and advocacy; and advance careers by establishing new pathways and skills for professional growth.

The 15 RBS-Mellon CH Fellows were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants by a selection committee comprised of distinguished cultural heritage professionals. Fellows selected across the country work closely with a wide range of collections and multicultural communities. This year’s winners have extensive experience working with restorative archival practices; community archives; Latin American, Latin and Iberian collections; African American and African Diaspora History and Collections; Indigenous Visual Literacy and Common Law; collections of Japanese and American art of Japanese origin; digital archives, literacy and preservation; tactile prints for the visually impaired; and medieval manuscripts and palaeography. Geographically, Fellows represent states across the country from coast to coast. “This new cohort of fellows brings to RBS significant experience and expertise in areas vital to the future growth of libraries, archives and museums,” noted Barbara Heritage, Associate Director and Curator of Collections at RBS, who serves also co-author of the fellowship. “This year’s fellows are particularly interested in working with material artifacts that draw attention to cultural histories that have been silenced, elided or overlooked. We continue to view this fellowship as an important opportunity for RBS and other institutions to increase their engagement with multicultural communities in a responsible and ethical manner, to help ensure that community voices and collections are valued and preserved in accordance to the vision of these diverse and diverse groups. »

“We very much look forward to welcoming our third batch of Cultural Heritage Fellows to the Rare Book School, where we hope they will find much to learn and much to contribute,” said RBS Executive Director Michael F Suarez, SJ. “We remain deeply grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their continued support of this key diversity initiative at Rare Book School.

2022-2024 Cohort of the RBS-Mellon Fellowship for Cultural Heritage:

• Talea Anderson, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship & Curation, Washington State University
• Victor Betts, Student Success Librarian for Special Collections, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries
• Barrye Brown, Processing Archivist, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
• Yuqiao Cao, Pauline A. Young Resident & Visual Literacy Librarian, Library, Museums & Press, University of Delaware
• Amalia Medina Castañeda, Academic Archivist, Gerth Archives & Special Collections, California State University, Dominguez Hills
• Hoan-Vu Do, Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, Special Collections, San Diego Public Library
• Patrice R. Green, Curator of African American Collections, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, The Pennsylvania State University
• Diana Liao, Education Associate, Japan House, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Milton Machuca-Gálvez, Humanities Librarian/Visiting Scholar, Learning and Outreach Services, Academic Libraries and Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico
• Sara Powell, Associate Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard University
• Sócrates Silva Reyes, Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian, Columbia University/Cornell University
• Ursula Romero, Public Services Librarian, The Lilly Library, Indiana University
• Annie Tang, Chair of Special Collections & Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives, Chapman University
• Jaime S. Valenzuela, Archivist, Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
• JoyEllen A. Williams, Curator of Special Collections, Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, Kennesaw State University

More information about Andrew W. Mellon Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Heritage is available at: https://rarebookschool.org/admissions-awards/fellowships/mellon-diversity/.

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