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Diversity Resident Librarian

Established in 2013, this residency provides entry-level librarians and archivists from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to develop skills and professional growth in an academic library setting. The program 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 program supports the goals of the Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce.

From 2013-2016, the residency was a two-year program. Beginning in 2017, the residency was expanded to a three-year program. This is a three-year placement designed to encourage and promote professional growth and development of recent graduates. It provides a broad-based awareness of principles and practices in an area of academic library or archives specialization.

Current Diversity Resident Librarians (Fall 2019)

  • Maij Xyooj

    On August 1, Maij Xyooj joined the staff of College Library as a new Diversity Resident Librarian. She spent her first year at College Library, being introduced to the public service practices of the General Library System, and is currently serving as a Resident Librarian for South Asian Studies. To read more about Maij, check out her interview here!

  • Kristin Lansdown

    Join us in welcoming Kristin Lansdown to the staff of the UW-Madison Libraries as our first-ever Open Education Resources Resident Librarian. We sat down with Kristin to a fun Q&A recently to get to know more about her. Click on Kristin's name above to learn more!

  • Jennifer Patino

    The UW-Madison Libraries is delighted to welcome Jennifer Patino to our staff. Jennifer is our first-ever Data and Digital Scholarship Resident Librarian. We asked Jennifer a few questions about her goals and are pleased to share the interview. Click Jennifer's name above to learn more!

Previous Diversity Resident Librarians

  • Kalani Adolpho

    Kalani Adolpho completed both a Bachelor’s in History (with a minor in Spanish) and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from UW-Milwaukee. Kalani is now a Processing Archivist in the University of Miami Libraries' Manuscripts & Archives Management Department. For more about Kalani, check out their full interview here!

  • Katrina Spencer, 2016-2017

    Katrina is now the Literatures and Cultures Librarian at Middlebury College


    Welcoming New Resident Librarian, Katrina Spencer!

    Resident of the Month: Katrina Spencer

  • Carlos Duarte, 2014-2016

    Carlos is now an Instruction Librarian at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


    Welcome Carlos!

  • Miguel Ruiz, 2013-2015

    Following his residency, Miguel worked as an e-learning librarian at UW-Madison from 2015-2017. Following his time at UW-Madison, he worked as the Latino Engagement Librarian for Evanston Public Library. Currently, he is at Skokie Public Library as an Information Services Supervisor.