New Touhey Library Equity Fellowship Partners UAlbany, Albany Public Library

The Touhey Library Equity Fellowship offers frontline experience in the Albany Public Library.

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 23, 2020) – The Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library (FFAPL) have announced a new fellowship for students of color in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC).

The Touhey Library Equity Fellowship, made possible thanks to a gift from the Carl E. Touhey Foundation, will offer two Black students pursuing graduate degrees in Information Science at CEHC with the opportunity to gain frontline experience as part-time library assistants at the Albany Public Library’s central branches (Washington Ave. and Arbor Hill/West Hill).

The fellowship includes support of about $13,000 annually for selected students. Applications are being accepted now for Fall 2020.

“Equity, diversity and inclusion impacts all aspects of work within public libraries and the communities they serve. The goal of these fellowships is to diversify the professional staff of Albany Public Library to more closely represent the population of the City of Albany,” said FFAPL President Holly McKenna. “This is an important fellowship: we are grateful for the support of the Carl E. Touhey Foundation and the Touhey family, who have recognized the importance of professional diversification at the Albany Public Library.”

“Diversity is one of the cornerstones of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. The Touhey Library Equity Fellowship provides our students an excellent opportunity to intern at one of our closest partners, Albany Public Library, and highlights the importance of diversity in all fields,” said CEHC Vice Dean Jen Goodall.

“Providing a paid internship means attracting promising librarians of color, and directly works to ensure that APL‘s workforce is as diverse and inclusive as the communities we serve,” said APL Executive Director Scott Jarzombek.

The Carl E. Touhey Foundation seeks to support local organizations and entities that have at their core the mission of promoting social and economic fairness for the underserved and underrepresented in the City of Albany. Carl E. Touhey, a lifelong Albany businessman, passed away in 2013 at the remarkable age of 95. As successful as he was, he equally enjoyed giving back to his community.

The FFAPL is the new name of the Albany Public Library Foundation, which merged in February 2020 with the Friends of Albany Public Library. It provides critical financial support for the Albany Public Library.

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