Resident Librarian, Manuscripts and Archives: University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press seeks a dynamic early career librarian to process manuscript and archival collections. The Resident will be responsible for processing two important African American literary collections: the papers of the author Ishmael Reed and the papers of attorney Beverly Axelrod, who is best known for her work representing the Black Panthers and labor organizations in the 1960s and 1970s. While continuing work on manuscript and archival processing, the Resident will also become involved in Special Collections public services, including reference, instruction, outreach, and exhibitions.

The Pauline A. Young Residency is a three-year appointment offering professional experience in an academic research library to recent graduates of a library/information science program. The residency is designed to meet both the professional goals and interests of the Resident as well as the service and operational priorities of the Library. The residency features orientation to all library areas, mentoring, committee service, and support for travel to professional meetings and conferences. The Resident will have the opportunity to shape the direction of the residency and develop goals according to their professional interests; a sample of the 2019-2022 residency structure is available at The purpose of the residency is to encourage the involvement of individuals from under-represented groups in academic librarianship. Started in 1984, the Pauline A. Young Residency is among the Library’s most successful efforts to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.
For more details, including qualifications and how to apply, see the Library’s Employment Information page.

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