The University of Delaware Library celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Pauline A. Young Residency Program on Sunday, June 27, 2010 in Washington, DC at the American Library Association Annual Conference with colleagues from the national research library residency community. More than sixty persons attended the festive affair held at the Acadiana Restaurant. The celebration was sponsored by Provost Tom Apple; Susan Brynteson, vice provost and May Morris Director of Libraries; and the University of Delaware Library.
The University of Delaware Library Residency Program started in 1984 as the first library residency program to target the recruitment of early career librarians from underrepresented groups into research librarianship. The two-year residency provides early career development and professional work experience for recent graduates of graduate library degree programs accredited by the American Library Association. In 1996, the residency program was named for Pauline A. Young, a noted Delawarean, civil rights leader, historian, author, teacher and librarian for over thirty years.
Twelve early career librarians have participated to date in the Pauline A. Young Residency Program. The residency is noteworthy for its success in recruiting talented new librarians from diverse backgrounds into continuing careers in academic and research libraries.
Current and former Pauline A. Young Residents pictures from left to right: Michael Gutiérrez, associate librarian, Reference Department, University of Delaware Library; Erin Daix, associate librarian, Reference Department, University of Delaware Library; David Fuller, Jr., genealogy librarian, Jacksonville Public Library; Monifa Carter, affiliate assistant librarian and current Pauline A. Young Resident, University of Delaware Library; Sharon Epps, head of Access Services Department, McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park; Anthony Davis, Jr., electronic resources and copyright librarian, California State University, Fullerton.
Photo by Julie Brewer.