LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

LA as Subject Residency Program

L.A. as Subject Residency Program is Hiring, updated 2/18/2015

Over the two-year term of the grant, the Autry, CSUN and USC will each host and mentor two residents, who in turn will work with community-based archives among the L.A. as Subject membership. Each Resident will rotate among L.A. as Subject member sites for one year and will apply archival standards and practices to make local collections accessible.

The residents will help the smaller organizations and individual collectors apply archival standards and practices to make certain their collections become and remain accessible to students, scholars and the global community of researchers studying the history and meaning of Los Angeles.

The membership of L.A. as Subject represents an extensive cultural, linguistic and disciplinary reach, with collections documenting the experiences of Mexican-American immigrants in Pico Rivera and Boyle Heights, pre-Stonewall history on the West Coast, labor-rights movements and countless other areas of underexplored history.

Application are now being accepted for one resident assigned to the USC location. For a complete list of requirements and to apply, visit This is a full-time nine-month fixed-term position and includes benefits.

Application deadline is February 25, 2015.

For more information about the LA as Subject Resident Program, please contact Cindy Mediavilla at



LA as Subject Members: Application for Rotating Institutions for 2014-2015 is now closed.

Proposal will be accepted for the 2015-2016, mid 2015.


Program Description:

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the USC Libraries and the L.A. as Subject research alliance a grant to develop a residency program that will support archival education. The grant is part of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program, which funds training of early career librarians to manage emerging challenges in libraries and librarianship.

The LAAS Residency Program will provide an opportunity for Residents to gain experience with different aspects of the archive professions by working on specific projects with different LAAS members through a rotating schedule. Each Resident will be paired with one Home Institution and then rotate to three other Rotating Institutions.

This is a two-year grant project that will host 3 Residents per year. The Autry, Cal State University Northridge, and USC Libraries will each host and mentor one Resident per year and serve as the home institutions.

Responsibilities and Requirements for Rotating Institutions:

  • Submit a residency project that provides experience with one or more of the Society of American Archivists “ACE” components.
  • Submit a residency project with a concise beginning and end and lasts 3 months
  • Attend training session mandatory for all LAAS Residency Institutions
  • Work with Resident to plan workshop or other educational opportunity for existing staff and volunteers
  • Provide technological, equipment, supply and workspace needs for Resident
  • Full time work / 40 hours/ week, preferably Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
  • Rotating Institution must be an LA as Subject member

Project Applications are due October 31, 2014, and will be reviewed by the Project Management Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by January 5, 2015.

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