A Snapshot of Indiana’s Librarians Leading in Diversity Fellowship participants after the program has concluded.

  • Rodney Edward Freeman Indianapolis Public Library
Keywords: Diversity, Indiana, Fellowship, Ethnicity


In 2008, the Indiana State Library and Indiana University received a million dollar grant from the Institute of Museum and library services to recruit, educate and fund minorities for the library profession. The fellowship program was called Indiana’s Libraries Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) and produced four cohorts with a total of 31 graduates. Since the conclusion of the program, many participants have gone on to retain jobs in the library profession as librarians and some are in leadership position. This paper seeks to serve as a brief snapshot of several fellowship members who are in leadership position and how their ethnicity has impacted their librarianship.

Author Biography

Rodney Edward Freeman, Indianapolis Public Library
Spades Park Branch Manager