LA as Subject Residency Program 2018-2021

The L.A. as Subject residency and training program is made possible through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program will be a collaborative effort by L.A. as Subject; Gerth Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH); Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); and the USC Libraries.

The program will train 3 recent MLIS graduates as well as staff and volunteers at 30 L.A. as Subject member archives in skills related to digital collections management and help to facilitate digital library projects by LAAS members for national digital platforms such as the Digital Public Library of America.

With IMLS funding, CSUDH, CSUN, and the USC Libraries will each hire a Resident Archivist for a two-year term. The L.A. as Subject Residency Program will provide the opportunity for a recent MLIS graduate with an interest in pursuing a career in archives to learn from professionals and scholars in the field and gain experience in working with community archives to assess and/or complete digital projects. Resident Archivists will have the opportunity to experience ongoing work at a variety of L.A. area community-based archives.


This project will help LAAS members to share knowledge and capacity for building digital collections while at the same time providing postgraduate training for the residents. With input from the LAAS leadership and advisory board, we will be requesting information about LAAS member collections and determining their state of readiness for digital library projects.

The Resident Archivists will be professionals with Master’s degrees and will be working with the selected LAAS members to assess and/or complete digital projects. Work will include visiting partner sites, analyzing their digitization needs, generating project plans, and assisting in the completion of a collaborative LAAS digital library project.

A number of L.A. as Subject member archives have already joined the project. We will also be seeking additional member archives interested in participating in the digital training program. CSUDH, CSUN, and the USC Libraries will each work with 10 archives in their geographic areas and/or areas of collecting interest. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the Digital Project Proposal Form and submit by April 30, 2019 November 17, 2019. For any questions, please contact the resident archivists at

Timeline for participating members:

  • —November 2018- Information session for member. Click here to for online presentation.
  • January 2019- Call for digitization proposals from LAAS archive members, posted on LA as Subject website and listserv
  • April 15, 2019- Members’ digitization proposal due DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 30, 2019
  • June 1, 2019- Proposal selections notified NOTIFICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 10, 2019
  • July 1, 2019- Digitization efforts start
  • June 2019-August 2020- Digitization activities. Includes, but not limited to, the following: On-site collection surveys; —Metadata creation; —Archival Processing; and —Workshops
  • September 2019- Call for additional proposals announced *NEW*
  • November 17, 2019 (DEADLINE EXTENDED) - Additional proposals due *NEW*
  • January 17, 2020- Sites of selected proposals notified *NEW*
  • September 2020-March 2021 Capstone project development, implementation, and completion
  • April 2021 – Project wrap-up

Press release: IMLS Awards Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant to Support L.A. as Subject Digital Residency and Training Program 

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS: The search is now closed, information regarding fellow applicants is for reference only.

The California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Library, the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Library, and the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries will each host and mentor a Resident Archivist, who will gain experience in working with community archives to assess and/or complete digital projects. A total of three Residents will be hired.  Appointments are for two years.

Salary: $55,000, plus benefits

Resident Requirements:

  • Completion of a Master of Library and Information Science or equivalent graduate degree (no earlier than December 1, 2016), emphasis on Archival Administration.
  • Work will include visiting partner sites, analyzing digitization needs of partners and generating project plans.

Applications: Candidates may apply to one, two or all of the following institutions directly.

Review of applications will begin on January 7, 2019

For more information please read the FAQ document or contact Project Coordinator Marianne Afifi at