LaTesha Velez, 2010-2012 Resident

LaTesha Velez was the 2010-2012 Diversity Resident Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds the Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her MLS degree from North Carolina Central University in May, 2010.

LaTesha attended NCCU as a member of its Diversity Scholars program. This program was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and aims to diversify the workforce in North Carolina libraries and encourage young librarians to explore the meaning and implications of diversity for libraries. LaTesha hopes to further her ideas for diversifying library patronage in her role as UNCG’s Diversity Resident Librarian.

LaTesha’s path toward librarianship was not a direct one. Although she began working in libraries as early as 1996 as a student assistant at the University of Maryland in Germany, she explored a career in market research and even co-owned a taxi company before returning to librarianship. With this background in business, LaTesha has developed an interest in library administration and management, as well as in contributing to research that can increase the stature of the profession.

LaTesha is particularly drawn towards academic libraries because of her upbringing as a military dependant. LaTesha views the academic community as similar to a military community in being a highly collaborative system with a variety of diverse units and people that work towards a common, unifying goal. In academia, that goal includes contributing to research and creating an educated populace. LaTesha looks forward to contributing to the goals of UNCG and the success of the University Libraries. She is excited by the opportunities that the Diversity Resident Librarian position presents, and feels ready for any challenges that role may bring.

Read LaTesha's 2-year report.

Watch a video of LaTesha's End of Residency remarks.


July 2010-November 2010
Reference and Instruction
December 2010-April 2011
Special Collections and University Archives
April 2011-July 2011
The Harold Schiffman Music Library
August 2011-December 2011
Electronic Resources and Information Technology
January 2012-June 2012
Library Administration