Resident Librarian

Established in 2013, this residency provides entry-level librarians and archivists (degree specialization conferred in the last three years) a three-year professional position to develop skills and grow professionally in academic librarianship and archives. 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.

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 the professional growth and development of recent graduates. It provides a broad-based awareness of principles and practices in academic library or archives specialization.

Current Resident Librarians (Fall 2023)

Emma Bekele

Emma Bekele has joined the UW-Madison Libraries as a Science and Engineering Librarian at Steenbock Library. They recently graduated from the iSchool at the University of Texas at Austin. Emma has a background in biology and is excited to support researchers in the biological sciences here at UW.

Christopher Perez

Christopher Perez joined the UW-Madison Libraries as a Public Services Librarian at College Library. In this position, he will provide research support (through reference, instruction, and outreach) to undergraduates who are learning the foundations of the research process. A recent graduate of the iSchool at UW-Madison, Christopher has held positions at Verona Public Library and completed a practicum at Monona Public Library.

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chaoya / nkauj zag ntxhee (nws/they) has joined the UW-Madison Libraries as Research Services Archivist for Archives and Record Management. they received their MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Previous Resident Librarians

Angel Tang

Angel Tang joined the UW-Madison Libraries as the Data, Science, and Engineering Resident Librarian! Before taking this position in December 2020, Angel was the Archives Assistant at the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, where she digitized train photograph negatives and selected images to share through social media. As a recent graduate of UW-Madison’s iSchool, she is very familiar with campus and the Libraries.

Jennifer Patiño, 2019-2022

Jennifer Patiño is now the Data & Digital Scholarship Librarian for the UW-Madison General Library System. She works to support the institutional open access repository MINDS@UW, Research Data Services, and instruction in library-based tools for text and data mining and data visualization. Her interests include open access, digital humanities, data equity, and building communities of practice.

Kristin Lansdown, 2019-2022

Kristin is now the first-ever Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Coordinator at DePaul University Libraries in Chicago. To read more about Kristin, check out her interview here!

Maij Xyooj, 2017-2021

Maij Xyooj’s LinkedIn profile includes information about her current position. To read more about Maij, check out her interview here!

Kalani Adolpho, 2017-2019

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 an Arts & Humanities Librarian at the University of Virginia

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 serves as Supervising Librarian for Evanston Public Library’s Robert Crown Branch Library.