In support of developing the next generation of librarians and information professionals, the Librarians-in-Residence program will give early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in at least one track of the following: Acquisitions and Collection Development, Cataloging and Metadata, Collection Preservation, Reference and Instruction, and Systems and Standards.
The Library of Congress will offer six positions in 2019. The application period is January 23 – February 22, 2019. Information on the program will be posted to the Library’s Internships and Fellowships page.
Participants receive on-the-job training and undertake assignments that contribute to the ongoing mission and work of the Library. They participate in enrichment assignments and receive mentoring from seasoned professionals. They are also expected to participate in Library-wide activities, such as the National Book Festival, and to provide information sessions concerning their professional interests to Library staff as well as report back to their graduate programs on experiences as Librarians-in-Residence.
About the 2018 Pilot Program
The Library of Congress hired on a temporary appointment five recent graduates from American Library Association-accredited master’s programs who received their degrees after December 2016 and before June 2018. The librarians-in-residence (with hometowns, graduate institutions and assignments) were:
- Kelsey Diemand (University of Maryland) -- Science, Technology & Business Division Reading Room
- Zachary Fannin (University of Wisconsin, Madison) -- U.S. Arts, Science & Humanities Division
- Amanda Jenkins (University of Iowa) -- Recorded Sound Reading Room
- Hanna Soltys (Simmons College) -- Prints & Photographs Reading Room
- Jon Sweitzer-Lamme (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) -- Preservation Directorate
The job posting opened on November 1, 2017, and closed at the end of the month. The selections were made via a non-competitive hiring process with the start date of June 2018. The participants were hired at the GS-9 level for an initial six-month appointment, with a possible extension of up to four more months.