Madison Academic Library Associates (MALA) Program


In the fall semester of 2015, the James Madison University Libraries & Educational Technologies introduced its first class of two-year Madison Academic Library Associates (MALA) program.

The MALA program, situated in Carrier Library, offers graduate student participants an opportunity to learn innovative ways to make rich library resources more visible to JMU faculty and students and to the local community by leveraging the combined expertise of librarians, technologists, and academic departments. This two-year program provides each associate with applied, practical experience with primary resources, physical and online exhibits, emerging technologies, content development, and forward-thinking digital scholarship.

Each new class of MALA associates are selected based on a letter of interest, resume, and references, along with an interview with a panel of representatives across Libraries & Educational Technologies. Students with an aptitude for emerging digital and web-based technologies and are interested in academic libraries, special collections, and scholarly communication, are strongly considered for these positions. MALA associates receive an annual stipend paid bi-monthly over the course of an academic year, a professional development stipend, and full tuition. The application and review process for the 2017/18 cohort will begin in the spring of 2017.