The Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program
The Ohio State University Libraries, one of the nation’s largest academic research library systems, has the resources and commitment to introduce and orient a recent graduate to the complexities of librarianship. The two year diversity residency, initiated in 1989, is designed to assist a recent library graduate in making a successful transition to academic research librarianship and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience in most areas of the University Libraries’ operations, including the workings of both public and technical services as well as administration. 

The Ohio State University has a strong commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to increase such diversity by encouraging all interested applicants to apply. The University Libraries’ Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program is one component of the Libraries’ commitment to diversity and is intended to increase the diversity of librarians at Ohio State and to further the growth and development of librarians.

Who is Mary P. Key?

Mary P. Key was an emerita Assistant Professor of the University Libraries. Before retiring from the Agriculture Library in 1998, she served as the first chair of the Diversity Committee, which oversaw the implementation of the Diversity Residency Program (from 1989-1998). She was the second African American Librarian to head a department at the Ohio State University Libraries.  She received her MLS from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University). Mrs. Key passed away January 4, 2010 at the age of 80.