The Library Residency: Gaining Expertise, Crafting Competencies and Launching Careers

Your Name and Title: Laura Birkenhauer

Library, School, or Organization Name: Miami University Libraries

Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Ohio, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): MLIS Graduate Students, New Professionals

Short Session Description (one line): An introduction to the library residency as a positive post-graduate career option.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

You've completed graduate school, written a thesis and perhaps finished a practicum program... now what?! Welcome to the workforce!

Between job ads asking for skills you didn't acquire in your MLIS program and requirements of 3-5 years experience for entry-level positions, applying for and landing a job interview in library land can not only feel intimidating but downright impossible as a new graduate!

Have you considered a library residency?

Intended for new graduates, library residencies are often temporary (1-2 year) positions offering valuable experience in and exposure to a variety of opportunities in your desired field. These positions require little to no work experience in libraries, and typically include elements of mentorship and projects designed specifically to guide the resident in gaining expertise.

Acquire a personal perspective from a current Academic Resident Librarian, as well as resources for locating library residency programs, connecting with other residents and more!

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Thank you for this proposal. We are accepting, and wondered if you might touch or focus specifically on the critical competencies that are gained from residency programs? Cheers!

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