The Towson Library Residency Program
History of the ProgramThe Albert S. Cook Library and Towson University launched the Library Residency Program in the Fall, 2009. The first library in Maryland to offer a residency in academic librarianship, this program was initiated by the University Librarian, Deborah Nolan, in order to promote diversity in the profession, as well as at Towson, and to bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to the Cook Library.
About the ProgramThe ongoing two-year program is designed to provide a new librarian from an underrepresented group with a broad introduction to academic librarianship, a supportive environment for professional exploration, and an opportunity for concentrated experience in an area of specialization.
During the first year, the Library Resident gains experience and provides services in three departments: Research & Instruction, Technical Services, and Archives & Special Collections.In the second year the Resident specializes in one area and works on a project suited to his/her professional interests while simultaneously addressing the needs of the library. A goal of this capstone project is for the Resident, working independently or with a mentor, to develop, complete, and report research at a professional conference or in a professional journal. With the range of academic librarian experiences as well as specialization, the Resident will be well-prepared for future career opportunities.
Towson's Library Residents
2015-2017: Alyse Minter
2013-2015: Sarah Espinosa
2011-2013: Sara Arnold-Garza
Towson’s first Library Resident: Shannon R. Simpson