Call for Proposals Residencies Revisited: Reflections on Library Residency Programs from the Past and Present

Note: This is about library diversity residencies/fellowships.

Attention to potential contributors who may feel hesitant to share their experiences due to personal or professional risk, we are able to offer varying levels of anonymity and would be willing to discuss this further upon proposal acceptance. Please do not submit your proposals anonymously. Although we cannot guarantee complete anonymity, we are committed to protecting contributors from potential stigmatization.

About the Book

Many academic libraries across the country have developed and maintained library diversity residency programs in support of a larger campaign to diversify librarianship as a profession.  Library diversity residencies strive to provide early-career librarians of color with the experience and toolkit necessary to pursue a successful lifelong career in academic librarianship. 

Beyond the residents themselves, there are various stakeholders involved in every residency program: residency coordinators, library administrators, and the professional organizations that back them. This book provides a space for the perspectives of all types of residency stakeholders to intersect, thereby producing a holistic narrative of library diversity residencies. The intended audience for this narrative is all academic librarians/administrators currently involved or interested in library diversity residency programs or generally interested in diversity initiatives. This work solicits the stories of past and present residents, coordinators, and policy-influencers, and then organizes their stories thematically, interweaving the commentary and analysis of the editors.

Questions to Explore

For present diversity residents:

  • What are the demographics of your host institution? 
  • What was the advertised structure and purpose of your residency program?
  • How does your residency program experience align with your initial expectations? 
  • From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your institution? 
  • What impacts do you anticipate this residency might have on your career in librarianship?

For past diversity residents*:

  • What were the demographics of your host institution at the time of your residency? 
  • What was the advertised structure and purpose of your residency program?
  • How did your residency program experience align with your initial expectations? 
  • From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your host institution? 
  • How do you feel your residency impacted your career trajectory?

For past and present diversity resident coordinators:

  • When did you participate in a diversity residency program as coordinator?
  • What motivating factors contributed to your institution’s decision to implement a residency program?
  • If applicable, how did your identity inform your involvement in building/participating in residency programs?
  • From your perspective, what strengths and opportunities exist for the program at your institution?

For diversity residency researchers or policy-influencers:

  • What motivating factors contributed to your involvement in residency research or policy?
  • What type of work have you done and/or are doing around diversity residencies?
  • From your perspective, how have residencies impacted the landscape of librarianship since their inception in the 1990s?

*Please note that submissions are not limited to recent diversity residents. We welcome the perspectives of all past residents.

Examples of Chapter Topics

Chapters can and will span a variety of topics depending on the chapter contributors and their lived experiences. Contributors are strongly encouraged to be as candid as possible. We are particularly interested in narratives that highlight aspects of residencies that remain unexplored. While this is not a restrictive list, some examples for chapter topics include:

  • Invisible/emotional labor
  • How your identities impacted your experience (such as religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, disability)
  • Coming into a diversity residency when librarianship is a second career
  • Balancing personal obligations with participating in a residency program
  • Juggling authenticity and professionalism
  • Motivating factors for showcasing or hiding aspects of your identity 

How to Participate

Chapter Proposals

Chapter Manuscripts

About the Authors/Editors

Preethi Gorecki is the Student Engagement Librarian at Florida State University. Prior to that, she was a Library Faculty Diversity Fellow at Grand Valley State University. Preethi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include practices for diversifying librarianship, project and task management tools and techniques for everyday academic librarianship, and student engagement as related to student wellness.

Arielle Petrovich is the Instruction and Outreach Archivist at the University of Notre Dame. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in American Studies from Smith College. Arielle’s interests include de-mystifying the archives, diversifying the archival record, fostering historical empathy, and practicing inclusive librarianship.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: 

September 20th, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 

October 11th, 2019

First Draft Chapter Submission Deadline: 

March 2nd, 2020

Revisions/Editing: 

March 2020–September 2020

Final Manuscript Submission: 

October 2020

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