Penn State Seeks to Diversify the Field of Library Science

Pennsylvania  State University Libraries has welcomed its third cohort for its University Libraries Diversity Residency Program. This three-year postgraduate appointment will provide library professionals with transferable work experiences and career development in preparation for future leadership roles in the field.

Racine Amos and Danica White will work under the guidance of senior faculty during assignments and co-develop responsibilities, expectations, and projects within Library Learning Services. They will participate actively in Penn State and University Libraries committees, councils and task forces and become involved in relevant national, regional and state professional organizations.

“An essential objective of the Diversity Residency Program is to enhance community dialogue to advance inclusive and equitable services, thus invigorating the organization with residents’ ideas and skills,” said Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications.. “The expertise and range of experiences that Amos and White bring to Penn State will benefit conversations around collections, research and student engagement. We will encourage and support them and connect them with leadership opportunities.”

Racine Amos graduated in 2019 from Simmons University School of Library and Information Science with a master of science degree in library and information science with a concentration in archives management. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in social work, with a minor in legal and policy studies, from Fordham University, and a master of social work degree with a concentration in research from Fordham Graduate School of Social Service.

Danica White is a 2019 graduate of Emporia State University in Kansas where she earned a master of library science degree. She is interested in research involving leadership, advocacy, diverse populations, and student engagement. White earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in ethnic and gender studies from Emporia State. While obtaining her graduate degree there, White was president of the student chapter of the American Library Association.

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