Arizona Health Sciences Library Receives Grant to Encourage Minority Students to Consider Library Profession

AHSL Receives Grant to Encourage Minority Students to Consider Library Profession

Arizona Health Sciences Library Receives Grant to Encourage Minority Students to Consider Library Profession

The Arizona Health Sciences Library has received a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to introduce minority students to health sciences librarianship -- and to encourage them to consider that field as a future career.
The $50,544 in funding comes from the NLM's Specialized Information Services, Office of Outreach and Special Populations. The NLM has a strong commitment to diversity among librarians and those working in related fields of knowledge and information management.

"Likewise, at the Arizona Health Sciences Library we believe that diversity among health care workers will lead to better service for America's diverse populations," says AHS Librarian Gary Freiburger.

The award supports internships for graduate students in the Knowledge River Program of the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona. The Knowledge River Program prepares leading-edge information professionals from Hispanic and Native American backgrounds.

The Arizona Health Sciences Library has two interns this academic year:

  • Virginia Combrink of Tonkawa, Okla.
  • Virginia Sanchez of Long Beach, Calif.

The interns will work in all AHS Library departments and will be offered the opportunity to attend at least one regional or national meeting of health sciences librarians.

"These students will bring a unique perspective to their work, helping the Arizona Health Sciences Library better serve the needs of the diverse populations of Arizona," Freiburger says.

For more information, please call Gary Freiburger, Arizona Health Sciences Library, 626-6121.