Residency Program


The University Library Residency Program is designed to provide early career librarians from underrepresented groups with an opportunity to experience professional 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 through rotations; an introduction to academic library administration; and experience designing, conducting, and sharing the results of a signature research project.

The program is comprised 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 collaboration and leadership skills through service on library committees.
  • Mentoring: The resident will have a mentor, fulfilling the functions of a professional mentor and a research mentor.
  • Exposure to Library Leadership & Administration: This will be accomplished through methods including job-shadowing, informational interviews, and invitations to attend and/or present at meetings.
  • Exposure to University DEI Efforts: This is optional, depending on Resident Librarian interest and needs, and may be arranged in consultation with the AD for Inclusion and Equity. This may include introductions to Faculty and Staff Affinity groups of interest; relevant campus units reporting to the Dean of Students; informational interviews, invitations to attend meetings, involvement in campus activities or other service of interest.


  • Year one: The resident completes rotations in 3–4 departments, to gain familiarity with a variety of library functions. Exposure to library leadership begins during rotations and in the home department.
  • 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 signature project. 
  • Year three: In addition to working in their home department, the resident works on and completes their signature project and disseminates the project results through conference presentations and / or 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. Program structure and requirements for home department supervisors and rotation supervisors are detailed in the Residency Program: Orientation for Library Staff document. 

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.