Virginia Tech University Libraries — Resident Librarian

The Libraries Residency Program offers an entry-level librarian the opportunity to begin a career in academic librarianship through an intensive three-year residency in the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. In supporting the Libraries’ and the University’s commitment to achieving a culturally diverse faculty, the Resident will, over a three-year period, experience a minimum of three areas of librarianship and develop a specialization in one area. The resident will work closely with library faculty to develop both specific skills and an overall understanding of the many aspects of professional work within an academic library. The Residency Program will be tailored to reflect the successful candidate’s personal interests and long-term career goals.

Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. Virginia Tech is a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance ( We are committed to mentoring and establishing networks for early-career librarians. The overarching goal is to provide a broad range of experiences working in an academic environment with exposure to research and scholarship. Virginia Tech and the Diversity Alliance will work together to build a foundation for the Resident’s successful career development as part of our ongoing efforts to support inclusion and diversity initiatives.

There is a generous allowance for professional travel and development. The Program will give the Resident a competitive advantage in the search for a subsequent professional position.


  • Flexible, individualized professional development plan
  • Mentoring
  • Library committee service
  • Specialized training and workshops
  • Travel support for conferences and professional development


  • Three year restricted appointment

Structure and Responsibilities
In the first year, the Resident will serve in three to four functional areas, determined mutually by the Resident’s interests and the needs of the Libraries.

In the second year, the Resident will begin to specialize by contributing to one or two functional areas of choice, in consultation with the Library’s Resident Program Coordinator and directors in charge of the functional areas. The Resident will then begin to formulate the basis for a capstone project.

Residents with interest in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to apply. Strategic areas of focus for the Libraries include:

  • Learning Spaces and Services
  • Special Collections
  • Collections and Technical Services
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Data Management & Curation
  • Library Data and Assessment
    • Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
    • Research Collaboration and Engagement

The Resident will also begin actively participating in Libraries committees, councils, and task forces. Residents will be expected to attend national and regional professional conferences related to their area of interest and specialization. The Resident will also participate in program- related activities and communicate with peer cohorts.

In the third and final year the Resident will continue to specialize and will complete a capstone project, preferably suitable for publication, which incorporates the expertise and perspectives gained during the residency. (Note that the third year is optional.)


  • Graduate of an ALA-accredited master’s degree program in library and/or information science or early career information professional;
  • commitment to a career in research/academic librarianship and future directions of academic libraries;
  • commitment to service;
  • excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation skills;
  • flexible and motivated in the face of changing work assignments, projects, and departments;
  • commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • innovative problem-solving skills and ability to work independently.

To apply: