Projected Start Date: Summer 2015
Mountaineers Go First . . . and so can you. Be among our first librarian residents.
West Virginia University Libraries is seeking two dynamic and passionate librarians to serve as Librarian Residents. Designed for librarians from traditionally underrepresented groups, our Residency Program will provide the professional and leadership skills needed for success in academic research libraries for new librarians, early-career librarians, or librarians working in public or special libraries that want to begin new careers in academic libraries.
Residents will participate in a rewarding three-year program uniquely crafted to introduce librarians to professional life in academic libraries. Individually mentored by our academic librarians, the Residents will experience all aspects of West Virginia University Libraries: the breadth of this experience will provide Residents with prospects for scholarly projects and publishing; opportunities to develop leadership skills; and chances for professional service to the Library, University, profession, and/or community.
Choosing your own path and creating your own program, residents may concentrate in:
First Year Experience
Teaching and Learning
WVU Libraries is committed to the success of our residents above all. Our participant-focused program is designed to develop your interests and skills through substantive, hands-on experiences. Research and scholarly activity are integral parts of the residency plan and engagement in professional development activities is strongly supported. Advancing your professional competency and positioning you to be a strong candidate for work in academic and research libraries is our number one goal.
WVU Libraries’ residency program is a partner in the Diversity Alliance, a collaborative effort between American University, the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University that is committed to mentoring under-represented populations and establishing a networked cohort of early-career librarians. The overarching goal is to combine a broad range of experiences of working in an academic environment with engagement in research and scholarship. Together, the Alliance institutions will help build a foundation for successful career development and strongly support inclusion and diversity initiatives.
West Virginia University is a land-grant university and the state’s flagship institution. As a land- grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University’s mission is rooted in high-quality education, excellence in discovery and innovation, a culture of diversity and inclusion, advancements in health and vitality, and pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity among the state, the nation, and the world. WVU is designated as a Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, many West Virginia University programs hold specialized accreditation. WVU counts 24 Rhodes Scholars, 36 Goldwater Scholars, and 22 Truman Scholars among its alumni.
A Spirited Community:
Located in Morgantown, WV and situated within the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia University is within easy driving distance to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. The intellectual, cultural, and social climate of the University, coupled with easy access to outstanding recreational opportunities, creates a setting for enjoyable living. Morgantown has been ranked as the No. 1 Small City in America by BizJournals.com; the Best Small City in the East in Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities; and the 3rd-Best Small Town in the nation by Men’s Journal. Renowned for its natural beauty, West Virginia presents opportunities for bird watching, fishing, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, white- water rafting, mountain biking, and snowboarding. Arts and entertainment options also abound. The acclaimed Mountain Stage public radio program is recorded from locations across West Virginia each week. WVU hosts the Festival of Ideas, a provocative and timely speaker series annually. Additionally, West Virginia offers opportunities for crafting, antiquing, visiting art and historical museums as well as a host of other recreational and cultural activities.
Masters of Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
Applicants should be a recent graduate, an early career librarian, or as a librarian looking to change career (ideally 3-5 years working in an information organization.)
Compensation will be equal to the entry-level rank of staff librarian. Compensation
packets will also include insurance benefits and professional development funds.
For an opportunity to work with our diverse student population, award-winning faculty and dedicated librarians, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to LibraryHR@mail.wvu.edu by April 7, 2015.
Cover letters should include a detailed statement of interest in the residency position and address how our residency program can help you meet your professional goals.
West Virginia University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a critical factor in WVU’s success in recruiting and retaining new faculty and senior staff. Our Dual Career Program assists couples in your employment search. WVU belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit dualcareer.wvu.edu and ohwpawvherc.org for more information and job postings.