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Neighborhood and community-based archives hold an increasing portion of the nation’s cultural record. Many of these institutions, however, are staffed part-time or by volunteers who have little access to continuing education opportunities. The University of Southern California Libraries, the Autry National Center, and California State University Northridge will lead a planning project to develop a new residency program that will provide continuing education opportunities for recent MLIS graduates and existing staff at neighborhood- and community-based archives throughout Southern California. This planning project will develop a residency structure, curriculum, and evaluation plan, based on the needs of both the neighborhood and community archives as well as the proposed residents.