LA as Subject Residency Program 2018-2021

Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we are launching a residency and training program. 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.


We will be posting links on this page to the Resident Archivist positions at CSUDH, CSUN, and the USC Libraries as soon as they are posted. We will also post a FAQs document with more information about the program.


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 contact Liza Posas at


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