WVU Libraries Residency Program

Designed for librarians from traditionally underrepresented groups, the WVU Libraries' Residency Program will provide the professional and leadership skills needed for success in academic research libraries for new librarians, early-career librarians, or librarians working in public or special libraries that want to begin new careers in academic libraries. Currently, WVU Libraries employs three resident librarians. The next hiring cycle is slated for the spring of 2018.

ACRL Diversity Alliance 2018: Founding Institution


Residents will participate in a rewarding three-year program uniquely crafted to introduce librarians to professional life in academic libraries. Individually mentored by our academic librarians, the Residents will experience all aspects of West Virginia University Libraries: the breadth of this experience will provide Residents with prospects for scholarly projects and publishing; opportunities to develop leadership skills; and chances for professional service to the Library, University, profession, and/or community.


Choosing your own path and creating your own program, residents may concentrate in:


WVU Libraries is committed to the success of our residents above all. Our participant-focused program is designed to develop your interests and skills through substantive, hands-on experiences. Research and scholarly activity are integral parts of the residency plan and engagement in professional development activities is strongly supported. Advancing your professional competency and positioning you to be a strong candidate for work in academic and research libraries is our number one goal.


WVU Libraries’ residency program is a partner in the Diversity Alliance, a collaborative effort between American University, the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University that is committed to mentoring under-represented populations and establishing a networked cohort of early-career librarians. The overarching goal is to combine a broad range of experiences of working in an academic environment with engagement in research and scholarship. Together, the Alliance institutions will help build a foundation for successful career development and strongly support inclusion and diversity initiatives.


West Virginia University is a land-grant university and the state’s flagship institution. As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University’s mission is rooted in high-quality education, excellence in discovery and innovation, a culture of diversity and inclusion, advancements in health and vitality, and pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity among the state, the nation, and the world. WVU is designated as a Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, many West Virginia University programs hold specialized accreditation. WVU counts 24 Rhodes Scholars, 36 Goldwater Scholars, and 22 Truman Scholars among its alumni.


For additional information or to ask questions, please contact Lori Hostuttler at 304-293-1116 or LoHostuttler@mail.wvu.edu.