Post MLS Diversity Residency Program

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY

In 2008, the University Libraries established a two-year Post MLS Diversity Residency program to provide growth and development for a newly degreed librarian from a diverse and historically underrepresented population. Since that time, we have been proud to play a part in the support of our residents who have gone on to fulfilling careers within librarianship and academia, and we have grown our own experience and expertise in the development of successful residency programs.

The library residency program is intended to offer an opportunity for entry-level librarians with an interest in academic libraries to begin their professional careers and acquire core competencies and skills in research, scholarship, and instruction. The program allows the Resident the opportunity to work in up to three departments or functional areas to explore services and technologies and collaborate on projects. This program is flexible by design and will be developed to balance the Resident’s individual goals and interests with the Libraries’ needs. As members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, we are committed to “increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups” through this residency program.

The Residency is coordinated by Gerald Holmes, Associate Professor and Diversity Coordinator.

In the first year, the Resident works in multiple functional areas determined mutually by the Resident’s interests and the needs of the Libraries. In the second year, the Resident develops specialized expertise by focusing on one functional unit. The Resident is expected to plan and execute a major project during the second year. A final job description will be collaboratively developed. Duties could include a selection of the following or other options at the request of the Resident:

  • Teaching in the Library’s information literacy program
  • Teaching in the Digital Media Commons’ makerspace or VR workshops
  • Developing online learning modules
  • Library space planning and assessment
  • Supporting systematic reviews
  • Providing research data management services
  • Providing consultation on advanced research strategies and citation management
  • Planning for emerging technologies
  • Library outreach and communication
  • Collection development
  • Digitization of historical material
  • Metadata creation
  • Staff training
  • And more, as determined by capacity and the Resident’s interest.

Current Diversity Resident:

Deborah Yun Caldwell2018-2021: Deborah Yun Caldwell

Deborah comes to UNC Greensboro from Denton, Texas. She holds a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her master of Information Science from the University of North Texas. While in the program, Caldwell worked as a student assistant in the Department of Information Science and a graduate library assistant in Willis Library and the Eagle Commons Library.

Previous Diversity Residents:

Jenay Solomon2016-2018: Jenay Solomon

Jenay is now the Undergraduate Engagement Librarian at The University of Iowa Libraries.

Orolando Duffus2014-2016: Orolando Duffus

Orolando is now the Business Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries.

Nataly Blas2012-2014: Nataly Blas

Nataly is now the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Business at the William H. Hannon Library of Loyola Marymount University.

LaTesha Velez2010-2012: LaTesha Velez

After her residency, LaTesha received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is now an Assistant Professor in the UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies.

Jason Alston2008-2010: Jason Alston

After his residence, Jason earned his PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and is now an Assistant Teaching Professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri.


We are currently accepting applications from early career librarians for our seventh Diversity Resident Librarian.

We are looking for:

  • A multidisciplinary interest in exploring academic librarianship. This residency rotates you through different departments of your choice. Would you benefit from exploration of different ways of being an academic librarian?
  • An ability to adapt to varying work styles is highly desired; this program is designed around an employee working in several departments within the library.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and professional improvement in cultural diversity competence, and to the principles of equity and justice in serving underrepresented populations. We understand that as an early career professional, you may have had fewer opportunities to demonstrate your development in these principles through things like trainings or professional experience. We also welcome college coursework, personal experience narratives, and other methods of addressing this commitment.

We understand that early career professionals, particularly during this time of uncertainty and precarity due to the global pandemic, may not have as many opportunities for experiences that speak to your interests or that there may be gaps in your CV. If this position sounds good to you, please don’t allow fear of not having traditional library or professional experience get in the way of applying.

UNC Greensboro Libraries embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

Our goals for your residency:

  • You will participate in career planning and vita preparation workshops, as needed, guided by the residency coordinator and your mentor(s). The goal of this residency is to be a springboard for the rest of your career in academic librarianship, and we will do our best to prepare you for your next job hunt.
  • You will be encouraged to deliver presentations, attend national and regional conferences, and/or write for professional publications. We will provide you with guidance through these processes, from identifying calls for proposals that align with your interests to helping you find collaborators and providing feedback.
  • You will be highly encouraged to collaborate and network with UNCG’s Library and Information Studies department.
  • You will have the opportunity to serve on and lead library committees, including the Diversity Committee and search committees, whenever possible and as relates to your interests and responsibilities.
  • As a member of the library faculty as a Visiting Professional Librarian, the Diversity Resident Librarian is encouraged to conduct research, contribute to the profession, and participate in appropriate professional activities. UNCG Libraries provides generous support for travel and professional development as well as both informal and formal mentoring opportunities.
  • By the time you leave, our hope is to have equipped you with all of the experience, training, support, mentorship, and networking you need to propel you onward to your next step in your career in academic librarianship.

RESIDENCY FAQ

Important things to note, especially if you are unfamiliar with library diversity residencies:

  • Not all residencies are rotation-based. Some are specific to particular projects or areas of focus. Our residency is a rotation-based residency, and is best suited for those who are looking for experience in multiple areas within academic librarianship. If you are settled on the area of focus you would like to pursue in your career in academic librarianship, you may find more satisfaction with a residency that explicitly focuses on your area of interest, or on pursuing a permanent position.
  • Not all library residencies designate themselves as diversity residencies, and the definition of diversity varies from institution to institution. A a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, we are committed to “increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups” through this residency program.
  • This residency has a built-in expectation of a certain amount of work on EDI-related issues in the library and on campus. There is flexibility within this expectation to meet the resident’s interests and abilities.
  • This residency is designed to be two years in length. If desired, the Resident may request a one year extension for a maximum of three years.
  • At UNC Greensboro Libraries, the resident is considered a Visiting Professional Librarian. This means the resident is considered faculty (as opposed to staff or other non-faculty designations).

Working at UNCG University Libraries

ABOUT UNCG: UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

ENVIRONMENT: Nestled in the state’s Piedmont region, Greensboro is truly at the heart of North Carolina. Our town is the halfway mark between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Drive two hours west for a hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains, or head three hours east for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Our city is known for serving as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. At the Civil Rights Center and Museum, you can sit at the original Woolworth’s counter where young African American students staged one of our country’s first sit-ins. The Piedmont Triad area is home to 10 other four-year colleges and universities, including two HBCUs, which infuse the city with energy, a vibrant nightlife, and countless options for cultural outings. For the second consecutive year, UNC Greensboro ranked No. 1 in North Carolina for social mobility in the 2021 annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION AT UNCG: As a minority-serving institution with a history as a women’s college, UNC Greensboro takes pride in providing access and opportunity to individuals from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. Our campus community is comprised of people from across a panoply of ethnicities, racial backgrounds, religions, ability status, socioeconomic backgrounds, first-generation status, sexuality, and gender identities. In addition to growing our student body, UNC Greensboro’s faculty of color have nearly doubled from 2015-2020.

Univeristy Libraries is a committed campus partner in UNC Greensboro’s goal to increase the diversity of our faculty, staff, students, and program offerings, in order to create a more diverse and inclusive culture.

BENEFITS: Competitive in salary (beginning at $50,000, commensurate with experience), generous professional development and professional travel support, and benefits. The Resident is considered a Visiting Professional Librarian and is not on the tenure track. Comprehensive benefits package including vacation days, paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at https://hrs.uncg.edu.

Minimum Requirements:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS, awarded no later than September, 2021.
  • A candidate must be authorized to work in the United States for the full duration of the program, which is expected to be two years, with an optional third year if desired.

HOW TO APPLY

All candidates must apply online via the UNC Greensboro Career Website.

We ask that you include the following information in your application:
  • Resume or CV
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
Your list of references should include at least three (3) professional references that includes:
  • Name
  • Company/Institution Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Reference checks for selected candidates will be conducted after the phone interview stage of the process. As a courtesy, we will notify you before we begin the reference check process.

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

The review of applications will begin August 2, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date is October 1, 2021. Flexibility with remote work during the transition period is available.

Due to the likelihood of ongoing travel restrictions, we anticipate conducting virtual interviews with qualified candidates.