We’ve Moved!

This site has finally been migrated over to ACRL’s server!  This will be the final post on this site.  We are in the process of moving all of our files and links at the moment, but once that process is complete, we will be shutting down this site permanently.

The new Residency Interest Group site is on ACRL’s server and can be found at http://acrl.ala.org/residency/

Please have a look when you get a chance, and don’t forget to update your bookmarks, feedlinks, etc.


Megan P.


Towson University Initiates Library Residency Program

Towson University is now recruiting for their first resident librarian.  Here are some of the highlights from the job ad:

Beginning Fall 2009, the Towson University Residency Librarian Program will offer an early-career librarian the opportunity for rapid professional growth in academic librarianship. The two-year program is designed to provide a broad introduction to academic librarianship, a supportive environment for professional exploration, and an opportunity for concentrated experience in an area of specialization. The purpose of the program is to help increase the presence of underrepresented groups in academic librarianship. Towson University values diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Position Description: The Residency Librarian will be provided with a wide range of academic librarian experiences to develop and enhance their professional skills and prepare for future career opportunities.  Library administrators, faculty, and staff will serve as formal and informal mentors and will help the Resident acclimate to the library, university and Greater Baltimore metro area.

In year one of this two-year residency, the Residency Librarian will gain meaningful work experience within three library departments:

  • Research, Reference, and Instructional Services
  • Technical Services – Collection Development, Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Serials
  • Archives and Digital Collections

The Resident will be involved in library and university committees, develop collegial relationships with faculty outside the library, and participate in professional organizations.

In the second year, the Residency Librarian will work with his or her supervisor and mentor to identify a capstone project that is tailored to his or her professional interests and to the needs of the library. A goal of this project is for the Resident, working independently or with a mentor, to develop, complete and report research to be presented at a professional conference or in a professional journal.

The Residency Librarian will be appointed for a two-year term with non-tenure track visiting faculty status. Salary is commensurate with that of an entry-level professional librarian. Full benefits package is provided with health insurance and retirement options, relocation allowance, and financial support for professional development.  This position is contingent on the availability of funds at the time of hire.

Required: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, preferably granted between January 2008 and August 2009.  Strong interest in developing a career in academic librarianship; demonstrated commitment to public service and user satisfaction; excellent communication and presentation skills; strong, positive interpersonal skills; enthusiasm for learning new technologies; commitment to professional growth; and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and patrons from diverse backgrounds.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The full vacancy ad with applications instructions is available here: http://tinyurl.com/towson-residency


Megan P.

Kawanna Bright Joins ACRL RIG Leadership

Kawanna Bright

Kawanna Bright, Incoming Convener 2009-2010

Dear Colleagues,
My tenure as Opening Convener for this Group will end on June 30, 2009.  Gerald Holmes will then move from the position of Incoming Convener to that of Convener leaving a vacancy in the Incoming Convener position.  Gerald and I conferred, and I am happy to announce that this vacant Incoming Convener spot will be filled by Kawanna Bright.  She has happily accepted our invitation to serve as the next Incoming Convener beginning this July.  She will begin her tenure as Convener next July 2010.
Kawanna received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1998.  In 2003, she received her M.L.I.S from the University of Washington’s Information School where she also earned the Ruth Worden Award for Excellence in Library and Information Science.  From 2003-2005, she worked as a resident at the University of Tennessee rotating through the Digital Library Center, and Reference and Instructional Services.  Kawanna now works as the Instructional Services Librarian for the North Carolina State University Libraries, and was recently selected as a 2009-2010 fellow in the Association for Research Libraries’ Leadership and Career Development Program.
Please join me in welcoming Kawanna to the ‘board’.


Jason Lee Named OCLC Fellow

Jason LeeSome of you may already be aware of this.  Some of you may even know her, but this press release was only recently made available:  Jason Lee has been named the first ever OCLC Minority Librarian Fellow.

She earned her MLIS in 2008 from San Jose State University with an emphasis on electronic records management, archives and manuscripts, classification, and digital preservation.  She is an alumna of the 2005-2007 ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce cohort, and has been added to our People page.

Please join me in congratulating Jason, and in welcoming her to our Group.

-Megan P.

Residency Vacancy: Marquette University Libraries

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries Residency Program

The Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries Residency Program is seeking
applications from early career library and information science professionals
with a strong commitment to beginning a career in academic librarianship. The
two-year Residency Program is designed to encourage and promote the
professional growth and development of new librarians, providing a broad-based
awareness of principles and practices in academic librarianship and an
opportunity to develop an area of specialization.  The Residency Program hopes
in part, to help increase the presence of underrepresented groups in academic
libraries.  Diversity is a core value and is central to the mission of
Marquette University and all interested and qualified applicants are encouraged
to apply.

Reporting to the Head of Research and Instructional Services, the Resident will
participate in the Libraries’ information literacy instruction program for
precollege, undergraduate, and graduate students; provide general reference
services; contribute to collection development activities; become familiar with
other units and functions of the Libraries; and assist in collaborative
planning, analysis, and assessment of programs and services.  In year two of
the program, the Resident will engage in an in-depth, concentrated experience
in an area of specialization and will develop and complete an applied research
capstone project that could be presented at a professional conference.  The
Residency Program features a formal mentoring component with the Head of
Research and Instructional Services, the Associate Dean of Libraries and other
professional staff, who will help to acclimate the Resident to the Libraries’
environment, the University, and the Greater Milwaukee community, while
providing general guidance and support.

• Master’s degree in library/information science (ALA-accredited), granted
by August 2009 and received within the past two years.
• Demonstrated interest in developing a career in academic librarianship;
• Service orientation and commitment to library user needs;
• Excellent communication and presentation skills;
• Strong analytical skills and organizational abilities;
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing
user needs and expectations;
• Knowledge of and commitment to cultural diversity and an ability to work
with a diverse student body, faculty and staff.

• Experience in a library environment, teaching, or in public service.

Salary: Minimum of $40,000
Full benefits package including 20 vacation days, 11 holidays and one floating
holiday per year.

Marquette University is an independent, Catholic, Jesuit doctoral-granting
institution with an enrollment of 12,000 located near downtown Milwaukee. Two
adjacent and connected library buildings seat 2,150 and house a 1.7 million
volume collection, 300 networked resources, and over 22,000 electronic
journals.  http://www.marquette.edu/library/

For full consideration, submit application online by April 15, 2009 to the
University’s application site: