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Diversity Fellowship (Cornell Law Library). Recent JD/MLS graduates.

Diversity Fellowship

Cornell Law Library (Ithaca, NY)

Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The city and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 611 JD students, 111 LLM students, including students in the new Masters of Law program in Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech in New York City, 15 JSD students, and 59 permanent faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute. The Law Library houses an outstanding collection of print and digital resources and supports the use of new technologies and a tradition of excellent services. The Law Library instruction program includes clinics managed by the Library (the Legal Research Clinic and a new Legislation Clinic anticipated to start in fall 2017), for-credit advanced legal research courses, and first-year J.D. and international graduate student legal research. Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library (CUL) system.

Position Description: Cornell Law Library is committed to diversity and is actively seeking to foster and support the growth and development of librarians from underrepresented groups through the Law Library Diversity Fellowship. We value qualified candidates who can enrich our community with variety of backgrounds and experiences.

The Diversity Fellowship is designed for recent JD/MLS graduates who want the opportunity to learn about academic law libraries and acquire core competencies and skills in research, scholarship and instruction. The program allows the Library Fellow, who reports to the Head of Research and Instruction, the unique opportunity to work in a variety of functional areas, explore new information technologies, collaborate on projects, and to participate in a challenging and rewarding work environment. A flexible program will be developed to balance the Fellow’s individual goals and interests with the Law Library’s needs. In addition, the Fellow’s professional interests will be supported with a mentoring program, specialized training, continuing education, and participation on library committees.

This is a fully funded one or two-year appointment, dependent on the successful candidate’s preference, available on July 1, 2017. The start date is negotiable. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


·         JD/MLS from ABA- and ALA-accredited institutions respectively. Graduation from either program should be within the last three years.

·         Knowledge of legal research strategies.

·         Strong service orientation.

·         Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

·         Ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment that emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library research services.

Benefits: Competitive in salary, rank, professional development support, and benefits.  Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options).  Professional travel funding available.

Application Instructions: Please attach a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to your application (preferred as one combined PDF document).  Candidates should include in their cover letter a description of their knowledge and experience that demonstrates engagement in underrepresented communities and the ability to transfer this asset to a research, learning, and instructional context.  Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.  For more information, contact Thomas Mills, Director for Collections & Faculty Services, at 607-255-5859, or

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