Residency Program

The DU Libraries Residency Program provides early-career librarians with professional experience and mentoring in academic librarianship.

These residency positions are designed to engage librarians who are members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, providing opportunity to gain experience and skills necessary to thrive as an academic librarian with faculty status. The DU Libraries is a member of the Association of College & Research Libraries Diversity Alliance and is committed to their principles.

The DU Libraries Residency Program began in spring 2018.

Current Residents

Natalia Umaña

Natalia Umaña, Community Outreach & Reference Residency Librarian

Natalia joined the library faculty in September after working as the head of circulation at the Lucy Scribner Library at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She received her Master of Science in School Librarianship from the University at Buffalo, and also has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin. Natalia is excited about fostering partnerships between the library, academic programs, and community organizations, in addition to advancing information literacy through instruction and reference at DU. 


Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner, Digital Archivist Residency Librarian

Prior to coming on as Digital Archivist and Residency Librarian in August, Lauren worked as a student within the University Libraries as the Documenting Student Activism Archives Assistant. Lauren is a DU alum, having recently received her Master of Library Science from the Morgridge College of Education. During her graduate studies she also worked for the Center for Art Collection Ethics in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Before her career in librarianship, Lauren worked in nonprofit marketing and magazine journalism. In her new position in the University Libraries, Lauren will work across the institution to make recommendations on how to preserve born digital university records.