Residency Program


The University Library Residency Program is designed to provide early career librarians from underrepresented groups with an opportunity to experience work in an academic and research library. After the completion of the program, the Resident Librarians will have gained in-depth work experience in an area of academic librarianship; introductory work experience in at least two other areas of academic librarianship; an introduction to academic library administration; and experience designing, conducting, and sharing the results of a research project.

The program is composed of:

  • Work Experience: In the first year, the resident will have rotations in 3–4 departments, beginning with the home department. The remaining departments will be chosen by the resident. In the second- and third-years, the resident will gain in-depth experience in their home department.
  • External Impact: The resident will begin a record of professional service and research and scholarship.
  • Institutional Service: The resident will gain leadership skills through service on library committees.
  • Mentoring: The resident will have two mentors, a professional mentor and a research mentor.
  • Exposure to Library Administration: This will be accomplished through methods including job-shadowing, informational interviews, and invitations to attend and/or present at meetings.
  • Exposure to University Diversity Efforts: This will be accomplished through methods including informational interviews, invitations to attend meetings, introductions to relevant units across campus, and an introduction to the Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups.


  • Year one: The resident completes rotations in 3–4 departments, to gain familiarity with a variety of library functions.
  • Year two: The resident works full-time in their home department. Job shadowing, information interviews, meeting attendance and presentations will be scheduled to give the resident insight into the administration of an academic research library and the diversity-related services offered by the university. Towards the end of year two, the resident begins designing their capstone project. 
  • Year three: In addition to working in their home department, the resident works on and completes their capstone project and disseminates the project results through both conference presentations and publication.

Before beginning the program, the resident will identify a home department that can provide in-depth work and research experience to support the resident's career interests and goals. Shortly after beginning the program, the resident will select 2–3 library departments as rotation sites to provide an introduction to library functions in a variety of areas of academic and research librarianship.

ACRL DIVERSITY ALLIANCE 2018 Committed to equality

The Iowa State University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. We are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.