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Diversity Residency: What is the Diversity Residency?

What is the job description?

The Diversity Residency is for recent MLS graduates who are members of historically underrepresented groups with less than three years of professional library experience and who want to pursue a career in academic librarianship. The residency is focused on reference and instruction and below are some of the key responsibilities:

  • Teaches information literacy sessions
  • Provides reference help in person and virtually
  • Serves as a liaison to specific subject disciplines and to one or more of the campus diversity offices
  • Contributes to the University’s diversity and inclusion goals, as well as the Libraries’ goals
  • Participates in library, university, and/or professional committees
  • Engages in professional activities such as attending conferences, giving presentations, and writing for professional publications


How long is the position?

This is a term faculty position with an initial 12-month contract. A second year twelve-month contract is possible. The position is a maximum of two years.


As a librarian new to the field, do you expect me to already know how to fulfill all of the job responsibilities?

No, we understand that applicants are still learning about how to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. The residency serves as guided entry into the field of librarianship. It is housed in a very supportive department. We also offer additional support by matching the resident with a University Libraries mentor who can help with navigating the learning curve. 


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