Library Resident

Job description

Clemson University: University Libraries
Library Resident

Location: 116 Sigma Drive, Clemson University

Clemson Libraries seeks a collaborative and inclusive librarian seeking their first professional academic librarian position to participate in a three-year residency program. Clemson University is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, and the purpose of the Library Residents Program is to increase the number of talented and qualified professional librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The residency is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track temporary lecturer position. Job duties will be at a professional level appropriate to a faculty librarian position.

The residency is designed to match your professional interests and goals with the service and strategic priorities of the Libraries outlined in the Clemson Libraries Strategic Plan. You will have the opportunity to tailor the residency and develop goals according to your professional interests. The residency features orientation to multiple areas of academic librarianship at a research university and completion of at least two major projects, resulting in a diverse portfolio of activities. The Program provides a focus area (home unit) based on your interests, which will be supplemented with project-based opportunities in other areas of librarianship. You will also benefit from strong mentorship, committee service, and generous support for professional development and attendance at meetings and conferences.

Learning opportunities of the Library Resident could include:


  • Reference and subject liaison work, teaching and learning, and outreach
  • Library technology, digital scholarship and scholarly communications
  • Cataloging, electronic resources management and metadata and resource discovery
  • Archival processing and finding aid creation

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

  • Actively sharing knowledge and experiences with others in the field. This could include, but is not limited to, formal or informal conference presentations, writings and reflections or publications.


  • Participating in professional opportunities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and/or community to develop leadership skills.

Salary and Benefits

Faculty rank and minimum salary of $58,410 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity, and the Library Resident will receive additional financial support to attend ACRL Diversity Alliance conferences and events.


Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie Research One university in a college town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.

Clemson Libraries provides a unique opportunity to the right individual. As a relatively young R1 library, we are in the process of redefining ourselves, engaged in discussions with students and faculty to determine what programs and services should be created or expanded. Currently we are focusing on expanding digital literacy efforts, developing new and innovative programs to support graduate students and faculty, all in the context of equity, diversity and inclusion. We have completed a master plan to renovate the building to provide welcoming, technology enhanced spaces. Lastly, we are engaged in a reorganization to better align ourselves to meet these goals, allowing us to add expertise in areas of need.


Required Qualifications:

  • Recent MLIS from an ALA-accredited program (proof of degree completion needed by date of appointment)
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills demonstrated by the ability to interact with respect and empathy, foster positive relationships and communicate concepts clearly
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace


Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio: Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. The cover letter needs to address the following questions: what has shaped your interest in academic librarianship? What would you like to get out of the residency program? How do your residency goals align with the Clemson Libraries Strategic Plan? Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by March 31 will be guaranteed consideration.

Diversity Statement

Clemson University Libraries seeks to best serve our community through creating a welcoming environment in which diverse ideas and perspectives come together to achieve common goals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion as it is essential to the continued success not only of Clemson University but of the library and information science profession. We embrace Clemson's core values of integrity, honesty, and respect, and add to those the ideals of compassion, dignity, and historical awareness so that Clemson Libraries' staff, collections, spaces, and services inform the interest, information, and enlightenment of all who we serve.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.





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Job No:
Posted: 2/23/2021
Application Due: 4/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time