Support, Development, and Supervision of Resident Librarians of Color
By: Nikhat Ghouse
Recruitment of resident librarians into university library residency programs has increased significantly since the establishment of the Diversity Alliance in 2015. The recruitment of librarians of color into predominately white spaces brings to surface issues of support and development of these new employees. This webinarwill discuss how resident coordinators can support these new hires with the onboarding, acculturation, and understanding of a potentially unfamiliar organizational culture. Additionally, we will look at how these resident positions go about supporting the goals of the organization while helping residents gain marketable skillsets with the goal of developing librarians of color who retained within academic libraries.
About Nikhat J. Ghouse
Nikhat J. Ghouse is Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program at American University (AU). In addition to her Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, she has earned a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from AU. As an organization development independent consultant, she specializes in change management, diversity & inclusion, team development, and facilitation, particularly within academia. Nikhat’s research explores inclusive organizations utilizing the principles of organization development; as well as mentoring, and information literacy instruction, particularly to diverse and international student populations. Nikhat is an alum of the Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership & Career Development Program, 2011-2012.