Post MLS Diversity Residency Program

The University Libraries have established a two-year Post MLS Diversity Residency program to further increase the diversity of the Library’s professional staff while fostering the growth and development of a new librarian. The purpose of the Residency program is to attract a recent library school graduate to a challenging and rewarding career in academic librarianship.

In the first year, the Resident will work in three functional areas throughout the year, determined mutually by the Resident’s interests and the needs of the Libraries. In the second year, the Resident will specialize by contributing to one area of librarianship. Residents will provide service and gain valuable experience in multiple facets of academic librarianship during this process.

The University Libraries participate in the University’s diversity initiatives. The Resident will have an opportunity to serve in a liaison role in the Multicultural Resources Center under the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. As a liaison, the Resident will explore opportunities and make recommendations on increasing library outreach efforts, library instruction, collection development, and accessing resources in the Center. The Resident will serve on library committees when appropriate.

Professional Development: Professional development is a strong component of the Residency program. Residents will participate in career planning and vitae preparation workshops. Residents will be encouraged to deliver presentations, attend national and regional conferences, and/or write for professional publications. Financial support for professional development opportunities will be available for the Resident. The Resident will participate in the mentoring program which matches untenured librarians with tenured mentors. The Resident will be highly encouraged to collaborate/network with the Library and Information Studies Department at UNCG. The university has been granting a Master’s of Library and Information Studies degree since 1965. The LIS department has an enrollment of 300 students in a geographically dispersed distance education program and is accredited by the American Library Association.

Environment: University Libraries supports the learning and research missions of the University through its traditional and electronic resources and active outreach programs. Our 190-acre campus is located one mile from the center of Greensboro, a city of more than 229,000. The University is located in the Piedmont Triad (population over 1 million), an area of great natural beauty, diverse industry, cultural arts and mild temperatures. UNCG is a doctoral-granting, research-intensive institution with enrollments of approximately 16,600. Learn more about the University and the Univeristy Libraries.