Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA)
Georgetown University Library is a member of the Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA), a voluntary, not-for-profit organization of educational and research institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Members of CIRLA are members of the Association of Research Libraries who have been accepted for membership.
CIRLA enhances education and research at member institutions through collaborative development of library collections and service programs and expanding the use of information technologies.
Georgetown University Library partnered with CIRLA for the CIRLA Fellows Program, a mentoring, education and experiential program for library school students from traditionally underserved ethnic or racial groups who had demonstrated interest in research or academic library careers. The program was sponsored through a Librarians for the 21st Century grant, awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and written and administered by Georgetown University Library. It was designed to ready the next generation of librarians to fill functional specialties in academic-research libraries. The program culminated in 2006 with the placement of nine fellows in full-time professional post-MLS positions with the Library of Congress.