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ERIC Number: ED457853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 42
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A Year in the Life of an Africana Fellow: The Mellon Fellowship.
Kuntz, Patricia S.
In 1958, the United States Congress legislated the National Defense Education Act to educated U.S. citizens in languages and area studies in order that they might qualify for employment at universities and government agencies. By 1995, many of the area studies librarians were beginning to retire with few qualified librarians having the area specialization to replace them. The solution became the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in research librarianship. With the endorsement of area studies librarians and directors and of library administrators, Duke University and Indiana University library staff obtained Mellon Foundation funding with the expectation to ameliorate the paucity of U.S.-trained area librarians. The Mellon fellowship was designed to prepare recent U.S. doctoral graduates of area studies for reference positions as area studies librarians (Kniffel, 1998) with the implication that this training was in lieu of the typical academic library qualification-a masters degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited institution. This paper first summarizes the background leading to this action. The author then describes her experience and training as an Africana fellow, and asserts that the training is equivalent to a masters degree in library and information sciences. The fellowship at Indiana University comprised training in collection development; practica in government documents, preservation, and cataloging; reference; attendance at conferences; and field trips. This self-study of a Mellon Fellowship suggests that the fellow actually does acquire substantial training and knowledge. Appendixes include the fellowship announcement for 2000-2001 by the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries; a comparison of Africana libraries (summary of field trips); and Africana librarian position announcements. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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