The NCSU Libraries Fellows Program offers new librarians a two-year appointment during which you develop expertise in a functional area and contribute to an initiative of strategic importance. Fellows are fully integrated members of the library faculty performing as entry-level librarians half time in a home department. The remaining time is devoted to a project in an area outside the home department. Projects support strategic initiatives while providing concrete and innovative opportunities for Fellows to interact with librarians from other departments and achieve at a professional level.
Each year, the Libraries' departments submit proposals for potential Fellows' assignments relating to one of the Libraries' major initiatives. Fellows have played central roles in many of the Libraries signature efforts such as Makerspace and Virtual Reality services, the Alt-Textbook project (open educational resources), and large-scale visualization. Fellows have also worked on projects relating to the development of new service models, learning spaces, and enriching the user and visitor experience.
The Libraries recognizes that self-determination is an important consideration. During the interview process, candidates learn more about the Libraries' departments and initiatives. Candidates are then given the opportunity to indicate their preferences for department and project assignments. The Libraries makes assignments that consider those preferences.
A Culture of Collaboration
The Fellows Advisory Committee, a dedicated group of NC State librarians, works with current and past Fellows to coordinate and guide regular professional development and social engagement opportunities. They also provide a framework for the Fellows to interact informally and to develop a supportive peer network in other Triangle Research Libraries (TRLN).
Fellows' assignments put them in regular contact with the Libraries' department heads, and scheduled activities bring the Fellows together with the Director of Libraries and other leaders within the organization. The Director of Libraries hosts a luncheon series for Fellows allowing an informal exchange plus opportunities to meet with campus leaders.
Several Fellows are hired each year, resulting in a cohort experience for each class. The Fellows Program is now entering its twentieth year, with over eighty total participants. This ever-growing list of former Fellows is yet another professional network to be accessed by those entering the program.
Your Success is Our Success
The NCSU Libraries Fellows Program has been a resounding success. In each year since the program's inception, the Fellows have been selected from a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates. Ninety-five percent of Fellows have been offered academic positions or have entered doctoral programs upon completion of the program. Former Fellows have held positions at Harvard University, Yale University, Duke University, Syracuse University, and North Carolina State University. Many former Fellows are recognized as leaders in the field, adding to the reputation of the Program as a training ground for library trailblazers. Library Journal has named five former Fellows as Movers and Shakers.
The NC State University Libraries
The NC State University Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. We have opened a magnificent new library that promises to be nothing less than the best learning and collaborative space in the country. Located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library is an iconic space, a place where people gather to explore new ways to research, learn, experiment, collaborate, and affect the world. Designed as a working incubator for educational technology, this is a library that features dynamic video walls, computing and visualization spaces, gaming and media labs, and group collaboration rooms, as well as 2 million print volumes housed in the bookBot, an automated book delivery system. The Hunt Library serves as a second “main library,” complementing the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, with services focused on the Centennial Campus community. Centennial Campus, adjacent to NC State’s main campus, includes the colleges of Engineering and Textiles, more than 75 science and technology research centers, and 60+ corporate, government, and non-profit partners. Fellows have played an integral role in providing new generations of library users with everything they can imagine and more.
The NC State University Libraries and its staff have won numerous awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the ACRL Librarian of the Year Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and ten Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.6 million volumes in its collection, acquires more than 62,000 print and electronic serials, and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.
The NC State University Libraries has a longstanding commitment to diversity and to the creation of a welcoming and inclusive service ethic and environment. Recent efforts include securing grant funding for outreach to diverse populations through programming and workshops. The Libraries collections also reflect this commitment, from focused collection efforts to locating, capturing, and preserving voices of underrepresented communities through archival research and practice. The Libraries has taken affirmative steps aimed at increasing diversity in the profession through the NCSU Libraries Fellows program; participation in ARL’s diversity initiatives, including hosting five cohorts of Career Enhancement Fellows; and membership in the ACRL Diversity Alliance. The Libraries Diversity Committee is an active group that sponsors programs and fosters dialogue to promote understanding across racial and cultural lines in an atmosphere where all students, staff, and faculty are welcomed, valued, and respected.
The NC State University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the ACRL Diversity Alliance. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 17 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $30 million.