The University of Illinois Library Residency Program is designed to provide early career librarians with an opportunity to gain strong professional expertise and skills in an academic and research library. The program allows the Library to fill existing staffing needs, build expertise around new program areas, and to experiment with new processes or technologies.
Individuals in the Library Residency program gain early career experience in an academic library setting and are expected to fully participate in the library, engaging in professional committees and organizations, conducting research, and taking part in the range of professional development open to all library faculty. In addition, the residents are expected to participate in an initial Orientation Training Program, as well as on-going professional development programming throughout the term of their appointment.
This three-year program includes a home department and one to two other departments/units.
Goals of the Library Residency Program
At the conclusion of their time as a member of the University of Illinois Libraries, the residents will leave the position having:
- built a strong mentor-mentee relationship with members of the University Library’s faculty and staff;
- received substantive opportunities for a solid introduction to the professional development and training necessary to be successful in their ongoing professional career;
- taken lead on substantive projects;
- engaged in meaningful service and committee commitments to the unit that will give them a solid basis to seek further employment;
- begun developing service relationships with professional organizations that will benefit their career; and
- begun engaging in the scholarly activities of the profession.
The residency program begins with orientations, training, and establishments of mentorship opportunities.
Year one: The resident may work full-time in the home unit or may divide time between a couple of units. Orientation, training, job shadowing, information interviews, meeting attendance and presentations will be scheduled to give the resident insight into the administration of an academic research library.
Year two: The resident develops and takes the lead on projects in their home unit. Supported by ongoing training opportunities and support from their mentors, the resident begins work on their capstone project.
Year three: The resident completes rotations in a couple of units to gain familiarity with a variety of library functions. The resident completes their capstone project and disseminates the project results through conference presentations and/or publications.
Residents for 2017-2020
Archives Resident: Jessica Ballard
Jessica received both her Master’s in Library Science, and her Master’s in History from Indiana University in 2016. During her time at Indiana University, she specialized in archives. Jessica worked at the University Archives, the Black Film Center Archives, the Sidney and Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Lilly Library, the Kinsey Center, and served as an intern at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She holds a Bachelors in History, and a Bachelors in American Racial and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College. Before making the transition to library studies, Jessica was employed at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, and volunteered with both the education department and the archives department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Data Analytics and Visualization: Megan Ozeran
Following a BA in Media Studies from Pomona College, Megan Ozeran earned her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She received the 2017 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award for a paper she wrote for her metadata class, and this paper is published in the open access journal Information Technology and Libraries. Megan has previously worked for a health information technology startup, in public services at a community college library, and in digital services at a university library. Before moving to Champaign, Megan had never lived outside her home state of California. She is thrilled to be part of a rich research library community, and to establish data analytics and visualization services in the University Library.
Digital Preservation: Karl Germeck
Karl Germeck joins the UIUC University Library Residency Program from North Carolina where he earned his MSLS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. He also holds an MS in American Studies from Utah State University and a BA in English from West Texas A&M University.
While a library student at UNC, Karl pursued his interest in digital curation and community-driven archives by collaborating closely with The Jackson Center, a public history center in Chapel Hill, NC, to develop and implement strategies for providing long-term care of and access to the organization’s Chapel Hill Civil Rights digital oral history collection. He has held additional positions as Project Librarian and Archivist at UNC’s Highway Safety Research Center and as Resident Art Librarian at The Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Karl’s current research interests include digital preservation and web archiving policy management, archival and born-digital preservation practices that promote diversity and inclusiveness within the digital historical record, and digital cultural heritage community building and advocacy.