Leadership, Management and Organizational Development
The growth and expansion of library residency programs in academic libraries have provided an important pathway into librarianship for early career professionals including librarians of color. Residency models vary by design and institutions, including their principle objective. Many residency programs serve the aim to increase diversity at their institution, while others support training in existing or new areas of librarianship. The variety of these programs make them prone to misunderstanding by librarians and library students. What works and what doesn’t work in library residency programs? This panel will explore the lived experiences and personal narratives of current and former current library residents.
Panelists will discuss the recruitment, onboarding and professional development opportunities at their institutions as well as the impact of these programs in preparing them for the next steps of their careers. Residents will also explore how their various personal identities and personal backgrounds have impacted their professional work and contributions to their institutions. Finally, our panelists will discuss the tension around the goals of diversity residents in advancing or “solving” diversity representation in their organizations. Audience members will have ample time to engage in a lively Q+A discussion and are encouraged to share their own residency experiences.