The University of Virginia Library is delighted to welcome our inaugural ACRL Diversity Alliance Resident Librarians, Hanni Nabahe and Sony Prosper. They arrive with impressive academic and experiential histories.
Nabahe was an ARL/SSA Mosaic Fellow, an ARL Career Enhancement Fellow, and Outstanding Graduate Student of her 2016 MLIS class at the University of Arizona. She also earned an MBA, also from Arizona, in May of 2018. Prior to that, she spent eight years as an instructional librarian at the Pima County Public Library in Tucson.
Nabahe’s residency will be in the Scholarly Communications wing of Scholarly Resources and Content Strategy in open publishing, open access, changes in subscription models, author rights, and preservation of the scholarly record. She will be working primarily with Senior Director of Content Stewardship and Scholarly Communication Chip German and Open Publishing Librarian Dave Ghamandi.
Prosper was an ALA Spectrum Scholar and an ARL Diversity Scholar (2015-17). He earned an MLIS from Simmons College in May of 2018. Prosper has worked in the archives of Tufts University and the Cambridge, Massachusetts Public Library.
Prosper will be working as a Resident Librarian for Special Collections with Curator Molly Schwartzburg and Instruction Librarian Krystal Appiah. His projects will be split between those two functions and developed around in-house needs and his own interests and subject strengths.
The residency program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, which the University of Virginia Library joined in 2016. The alliance of 40+ academic libraries “unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.” The program is a three-year residency for early career librarians, with the express purpose of enriching the profession by introducing new perspectives and encouraging dialogue among librarians from diverse backgrounds.