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, Museums and Press. The 2019 – 2022 Residency features work in Manuscripts and Archives Unit with an emphasis on processing two important African American literary collections: the papers of author Ishmael Reed and attorney Beverly Axelrod who is best known for her work representing the Black Panthers and labor organizations in the 1960s and 1970s. The 2020-2023 Residency specializes in visual literacy instruction. The Resident will participate in the life cycle of museum exhibitions, set personal learning goals related to teaching, and provide leadership in instruction-related projects in the library and museums, resulting in a diverse portfolio of instructional activities.

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