ARL as an organization has also been highly supportive and motivating. I have used professional development funds for continuing education courses at ACRL and have upcoming continuing education focusing on RDA and other new library practices. Outside of courses, I have also learned from my mentor, a director of libraries within a hospital. We speak often, and I am able to learn her methods of multitasking and management as well as learn about her current philosophies for hospital libraries.
Overall, my experience has been enlightening and motivating. Although I have not yet completed my time as an IRDW scholar, it is also impressive and encouraging to know that ARL diversity program employees continue relationships with scholars of years past, offering guidance and support. I have been positively influenced by the program and encourage any library students to apply next year.
Peace Ossom Williamson
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