Residency Librarian at Iowa State University- Ames, IO

Approximate Date of Posting: January 12, 2017

Position: Residency Librarian

Location: Ames, Iowa

Company/Organization Iowa State University

Schedule/Hours Full-Time

Time Frame:  3 years starting May 2017

Compensation:  Commensurate with qualifications



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.
  • The Iowa State University Library offers early-career librarians an opportunity to gain professional experience and mentoring through its library residency program. The purpose of the residency program is to attract early-career librarians who are members of historically underrepresented groups to successful careers in academic and research libraries.
  • The three-year program provides residents with a holistic understanding of academic and research libraries. It provides experience in different areas of librarianship, mentorship, opportunities to observe and participate in library leadership, and an introduction to professional service, research, and scholarship.
  • For the duration of the program, the Resident Librarian will be placed in a home department. The selection of the home department should match the Resident Librarian’s professional interests and expertise, aligned with strategic areas defined by the library. The Resident Librarian will be able to select their home department from:
    Digital Scholarship and Initiatives;
    • Library Instruction; and
    • Special Collections and University Archives.
    Information about these departments can be found at
  • In the first year, the Resident Librarian will gain a breadth of experience in a variety of functional areas of academic librarianship by completing rotations in the home department and two to three other library departments of the Resident Librarian’s choosing. For more information about potential rotation sites, visit
  • In the second and third years, the Resident Librarian will gain in-depth work experience in their home department. The Resident Librarian will work with a research mentor to design and conduct a capstone project, with the goal of disseminating research outcomes through publication and/or conference presentations.
  • The Resident Librarian will gain leadership experience through active participation in library committees and teams. They will also become involved in relevant regional, national and international professional organizations. Professional development funding is provided to enable professional and scholarly engagement at the national level.

Residency Timeline 

  • 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.


Deadline: 02/14/2017


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