About the Program

Residency Program

The Pauline A. Young Residency offers professional experience in a technology-rich, academic research library setting to recent graduates of ALA-accredited master degree programs. The three-year residency is designed to meet both the professional goals and interests of the resident as well as the service and operational priorities of the University of Delaware Library. The 2017 – 2020 Residency features work in the Reference and Instructional Services Department, supporting initiatives designed to engage students with the library and to increase student success through the acquisition of information literacy skills. The 2019 – 2022 Residency features work in Manuscripts and Archives Unit. Further information is available in the Three-Year Professional Development Plan.

The purpose of the residency is to increase the diversity of professional staff at the Library and to encourage the involvement of under-represented racial and ethnic minorities in academic librarianship.

We are excited to be a member of the newly established ACRL Diversity Alliance to network with residency programs in other academic libraries.


  • Explore current issues in academic librarianship
  • Flexible, individualized professional development plan
  • Structured and informal mentoring
  • Overview of the internal workings of an ARL library
  • Library committee service
  • Specialized training and workshops
  • Travel support for conferences of professional library organizations
  • Experience with latest information technologies