The current residents at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Thura Mack, Shantrie Collins, and Damon Campbell) are participating in this year’s ALA Annual poster session. Here is an abstract of the poster:
Academic library diversity residency programs require a significant investment of resources including funding for training and professional development. The proper evaluation of the residency program and its participants’ activities is vital to ensuring the enrichment of not only the individuals and organizations involved, but librarianship as a whole. The limited number of assessments for evaluating diversity residency programs in libraries calls for the successive evaluation of such programming from the resident point of view. Utilizing survey methodology, we will analyze diversity residency program outcomes including factors such as completion rate, scholarly publication record, career advancement, professional association memberships, and the development of transferable skills. The goal of this project is to provide auxiliary methods of assessment giving academic libraries a way to measure return on investment with regards to their diversity residency programs.
All the ALA posters will be between Halls A and B. This particular poster is in the session titled “Infrastructure: Posters on Buildings and Equipment, Management, and Technology” and will take place on Monday, June 30, 2008, 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm.
The full poster session schedule and other abstracts are available online at: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/org/ala/abstracts/2008/