Creating and Sustaining a Library Residency Program: Voices from the ACRL Residency Interest Group

Live Webcast 
April 15, 2014
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Presented by members of the ACRL Residency Interest Group

Description: Residency programs, which are professional experiences for early career librarians, are receiving increasing attention in the library community—both from recent graduates seeking their first post-MLS positions, and from institutions interested in recruiting new librarians in the field.  Library residents are engaged in a number of valuable opportunities during their residencies, such as making rotations through multiple departments, receiving enhanced professional development support, and producing capstone projects that contribute to their library’s growth. In addition, many residencies specifically target new librarians from underrepresented groups, thus enabling institutions to recruit candidates with fresh perspectives, an array of skill sets, knowledge of the latest technologies, as well as rich personal backgrounds and the passion to help contribute to diversity efforts on campus.  In this webcast, residents and residency coordinators will engage with attendees on the opportunities afforded by such programs, and the considerations host institutions should bear in mind in either initiating or further developing their current programs.  Experienced voices from the ACRL Residency Interest Group will address different types of residency models being implemented at various institutions, discuss the expectations and challenges facing library residents participating in such programs, and provide recommendations on how to develop and cultivate residency programs to ensure their continued growth and success, both for the residents as well as their host institutions. This program will provide the vital information needed for planning or reinvigorating an academic library residency program.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to identify the resources and administrative support needed to implement or enhance a residency program at their institution.
  • Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding the mutual benefits and commitments of a residency program, from the point of view of both residents and their host institutions.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the different types of program models, projects, and overall outcomes/impact that residencies can play in supporting diversity and mentorship in the library profession.

Presenter(s): Tarida Anantachai, Syracuse University; Rosalinda Linares, University of Louisville; Patricia MacDonald, Towson University

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat or a microphone.  You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

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Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to register:

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the complete archived webcast recording.

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