UDLAPS offers a range of activities to foster professional involvement and development. The Assembly sponsors invited speakers, informal brown-bag discussions, and workshops. Current programs include:

Scholar and the Library

Founded in 1992, this popular campus lecture series features University faculty and graduate students who are invited to speak on their current research and use of library resources. The series facilitates the scholarly communication between library staff and the University research community. Recent speakers have included: Gabrielle Parkin, “Commercial Devotion to the Virgin: How to Use and Read a Medieval Book of Hours”; Irene Davis, “Barefoot Running: Treading Softly to Good Health”; Janet Hethorn, “Re-Think, Re-Use, Re-Fashion”; Steven Sidebotham, “Berenike: University of Delaware’s Archaeological Excavations 1994-2001& 2009 at a Red Sea Port on the Ancient Maritime Spice Route”; Thomas M. Leitch, “How I Learned to Stop Judging and Love Adaptation”; Martin Brueckner, “Finding Maps: Carto-bibliography in American History and Practice”; George Basalla, “Aliens, Scientists, and Science Fiction.”

Current Issues in Academic Librarianship

Professional library staff are invited to speak on emerging issues within their areas of expertise as part of this informal series. Recent topics have included: “Automation Trends in Government Documents,” “The MLS: An Evolving Degree,” and “Post-MLS Resident Programs: Enhancing the Development of New Professionals and Minority Recruitment in Academic and Research Libraries.”

Mentoring Program

Established in 1993, the mentoring program helps to provide professional staff with peer counselors and role models. The program consists of three levels of mentoring relationships, each addressing the needs of professional staff at different stages of their careers. The program is administered by the Mentoring Coordinator, who facilitates confidential matches between participants. Mentoring guidelines are available on the University of Delaware Library Assembly of Professional Staff (UDLAPS) Mentoring Program Guidelines and Procedures Web Page.

Dossier Preparation Workshop

Since 1991, UDLAPS has presented this annual program to serve individuals interested in discussing the University of Delaware Library rank and promotion process. The workshop offers instruction on the promotion process, tips on preparing dossiers, and the opportunity to examine sample dossiers.

Library Student Assistant Scholarship

UDLAPS has established a scholarship of $1000.00 for a University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press student assistant or graduate assistant who will be attending a graduate library education program or an equivalent program in an allied profession including, but not limited to, museums, publishing, information science, and digital humanities. More information about the UDLAPS Student Assistant Scholarship is available at The Application Form in PDF format can be found at