The Michigan State University Libraries is offering an entry-level librarian an opportunity to further their training and begin a rewarding career in academic librarianship. This program supports the Libraries’ and the University’s commitment to achieving a culturally diverse faculty and provides the opportunity for the Resident to experience three years of library work in an area of interest along with experiences in other areas as desired, professional development, and mentorship. This holistic experience will give the Resident a competitive advantage in the search for a future professional position. The Michigan State University Libraries are part of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Diversity Alliance that supports residents and residency programs across the country.
The Resident Librarian is a 3-year term position that will be tailored to reflect the successful candidate’s personal interests and long-term career goals. The Resident Librarian will work primarily in a functional area determined by the Resident’s interests and needs of the MSU Libraries as well as an approximately quarter-time secondary assignment to broaden the Resident’s experiences. Potential secondary assignments could, for example, include work with special collections, metadata services or collection development.
The Resident’s primary and secondary assignments may change based on the Resident’s career objectives and the needs of the library.
In addition to job duties and library-wide project and committee work, the Resident will benefit from strategic professional development and mentorship. Mentors will be chosen based on the Resident’s key social identities and career objectives. The Libraries’ Coordinator of Mentoring Initiatives will also serve as a mentor.
Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 5,500 faculty, 39,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The MSU Libraries have combined holdings of over 6 million volumes with renowned collections in music, film, agriculture, Africana and comic art and cutting-edge services including a makerspace and digital scholarship lab. East Lansing is a vibrant community of approximately 50,000 located adjacent to Lansing, the state capital.Required Degree
Masters -Library or Information ScienceMinimum Requirements
A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program granted within the past two years; strong interest in academic librarianship; outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate and demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion librarianship; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work both collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various library needs; attention to detail; commitment to engaging in scholarly activity and service consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to independently pursue continuing professional development.Desired Qualifications
Membership in a library professional organization; active involvement with professional library diversity initiatives such as, but not limited to, the ARL Diversity Scholars and ALA Spectrum Scholars.Required Application Materials
- Cover Letter
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses, and email addresses of three references