The Richard J. Daley Library at UIC has opened its doors to three post-grads as part of the Academic Resident Librarian Program. The residents joined the library on January 2 and will stay for one year.
Annie Ford, Program Coordinator, said the program will “offer a challenging, solid foundation for a career in research librarianship and provide significant opportunities for professional development and mentoring.” The duties of the residents include tasks in their respective departments, attending seminars and conferences, giving presentations, and writing for professional publications.
University of Illinois alumna Isabel Gonzalez views the residency program as, “a great opportunity to give back to the institution that gave me so much.” After receiving her B.A. in English from UIC, Gonzalez moved on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Her impressive resume includes two positions at the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center. She has also worked as Assistant Manager/Antiquarian Bibliographer at Printer’s Row Fine and Rare Books and has completed an internship at Alternative Spring Break at George Washington University. Gonzalez looks forward to “working with different types of people with a myriad of experiences and to learn from everyone’s contribution.” She is interested in many areas of library work, including marketing, communications, special collections, and archives. Ultimately, she would like to be a library administrator, saying, “I’d like to be in a position where I can try out new ideas, and make sure I’m still helping people.”
Resident Annie Pho joins UIC from Indiana University, where she received her Master of Library Science. Pho looks forward to her time here, saying, “I chose the UIC Residency Program because I felt like it was a great place to start my career. It’s not often that you see programs in academic libraries that are geared specifically towards new graduates.” Though she may be a new graduate, Pho has outstanding experience and has been working in libraries for more than four years. After completing her B.A. in Art History at San Francisco State University, Pho moved to Indianapolis to begin her graduate program. During her time there she worked the IUPUI University Library and the library at Ivy Tech Community College. She also completed internships at IUPUI University Library and Stout Library. As for her future career plans, Pho said, “I’m really interested in reference and instruction, outreach, and technology. My hope is to be able to combine all of these interests and help make library services even better for our patrons.”
Kate Flynn is most interested in working with digital collections and preservation, as well as special collections. She received her Master of Science in Information from University of Michigan in April 2011 with a specialization in archives and records management and preservation of information. She also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese and a minor in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Flynn said, “I chose the UIC Residency Program because of potential focus on digital programs…the opportunity to work with digital collections appealed to me and the collections at UIC were varied and interesting.” Flynn previously worked as an intern at the Library’s Digital Preservation department at the University of Michigan as well as at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Flynn looks forward to helping create new digitized collections and to making resources available to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to use them.
The Resident Librarians are certainly destined for great things. Ford said of the program, “it brings into the library and the profession an ethnic and cultural diversity as well as the fresh enthusiasm and skills of recent library graduates.” Both the residents and the library have a lot to gain from the Academic Resident Program.