Mary P. Key Diversity Resident Librarian at Ohio State University

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The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries invites applications for the position of Mary P. Key Diversity Resident Librarian OSU Libraries’ Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program, is a three-year residency designed to fuel professional growth and development of librarians launching their careers.  Residents’ work experiences during the appointment will help them build exciting, transferable skills while receiving career mentorship to help them in their transition from academic training to professional librarianship.  This residency exposes incumbents to the broad array of specialties and services within a modern, comprehensive academic research library ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 public university libraries. As part of the program, residents engage in impactful experiences that actively contribute to advancing our strategic plan which includes a commitment to advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity, access, and social justice at OSU Libraries and in the library profession. We encourage residents to participate in, and provide the requisite funding and schedule flexibility to attend, selected workshops, conferences, and committees to help residents develop a robust portfolio of engagement at the start of their library career.


We look forward to selecting two new residents through this application process. They will join our cohort that currently includes two mid-appointment residents.  As part of the MPK program, resident librarians will have exposure to many foundational areas of the libraries while further focusing their appointment in a specific area that both aligns with their interest and is an area of priority for University Libraries.  Opportunities are available at this time for candidates to gain skills and experience in one of the following areas of focus:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Science Librarianship
  • Area Studies


Application Process Information:

A cover letter is required for consideration. Applicants should specifically include a narrative in the cover letter that addresses their interest in the position, summarizes their relevant experience, and highlights their commitment to advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity, access, and social justice.  If you have a preference for a specific area of focus (listed above) please also note that in your narrative.


Please send the all application materials (cover letter, CV, and references) to Brittany Steingass Include the position title in the subject field.  Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to applications received by February 24, 2019.

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Contact Information:  Patrick Schell, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5917.

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