NC State University Libraries Fellows, 2022-2025
Position number: 00105998
Join the NC State University Libraries and help us create adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight students, faculty, and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened in 2013 on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers access to advanced technologies that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. Capturing NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative and inspirational learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future.” The D. H. Hill Jr. Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Visualization Studio, Virtual Reality Studio, and Makerspace. For the Libraries, shaping the future of librarianship includes a sustained commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere for diverse populations and increasing diversity in the profession. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position.
The NC State University Libraries Fellows Program
The NC State University Libraries Fellows program offers a unique opportunity to a select group of recent M.L.S. and M.I.S. graduates. Fellows will be appointed at the rank of faculty librarian for a three-year term from July 2022 through June 2025. An alternative option for either January or September placement may be available, depending upon graduation date. In order to be eligible, the terminal degree must be awarded between December 2020 and September 2022. To learn more about the Fellows Program, please visit our website at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/fellows
Why choose the NC State University Libraries for your first professional position?
The Libraries Fellows Program provides the launching pad for your career in a leading research library. As a Fellow you will experience the rewards of working with a diverse clientele, including outstanding faculty and students in nationally ranked academic programs. You will gain experience in a highly collaborative work environment with access to key decision makers throughout the organization. You will also develop expertise in a functional area of academic librarianship while contributing meaningfully to an innovative initiative of strategic importance. In addition to a competitive salary, the Fellows receive a generous professional development stipend.
The success of the Program is illustrated by the success of its graduates. Since its inception in 1999, 91 Fellows have completed the Program. Ninety-five percent of Fellows have been offered academic positions or have entered doctoral programs upon completion of the Program. Many former Fellows, including six named as Library Journal Movers and Shakers, are recognized as leaders in the field, adding to the reputation of the Program as a training ground for library trailblazers.
What do Libraries Fellows work on?
The NC State University Libraries is well known for its digital research and learning initiatives, technological advances such as immersive visualization, support for open scholarship, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, public engagement with research, and commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion -- all of which help to redefine the future of librarianship. We seek out candidates with interests and aptitudes in these areas, and Fellows’ assignments reflect these areas of focus. Fellows perform as entry-level librarians with their time during the first 18 months being divided between a home department and an initiative of strategic importance in another area. The second 18 months will typically focus on areas that have emerged over the course of the Fellowship, taking into consideration both the Libraries’ needs and the professional interests and goals of the Fellow.
The Libraries recognizes that self-determination is an important consideration in a Fellowship experience like this. During the interview process, candidates learn about the Libraries' departments and initiatives. They are given the opportunity to indicate their preferences for department and initiative assignments, and those preferences are considered in determining their placements.
The Libraries seeks a diverse pool of applicants with ALA-accredited M.L.S. or M.I.S. degrees awarded between December 2020 and September 2022.
Required for consideration:
- demonstrated potential to develop expertise in science or engineering librarianship, in current and emerging digital technologies, or in management and administration of academic libraries
- evidence of leadership potential, including excellent interpersonal skills and ability to perform in a highly collaborative environment
- commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to fostering a diverse educational environment
- excellent written and oral communication skills
- demonstrated understanding of the educational mission of a research university
- internship or practicum in a research-oriented environment
The Libraries, the University, and the Area
The NC State University Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international 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 12 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 more than 250 FTE, the Libraries has over 3.2 million titles in its collection and has a total annual budget of $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 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 Triangle Research Libraries Network.
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 NC State University 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’ Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee sponsors many 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.
North Carolina State University was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to its current position as a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine, NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls almost 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 67 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents.
North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. In 2018, citing its “relatively young, diverse, and educated population,” Money magazine rated Raleigh as the number-two best big city to live in. In 2020, Forbes ranked NC State University as the number-9 best employer in North Carolina and included Raleigh in its top-ten best cities for jobs. And for 2021-22, the Raleigh and Durham metro area has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the second best place to live among 150 United States cities.
Salary and Benefits
The salary for this position is $65,000 annually. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include: 24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at https://benefits.hr.ncsu.edu.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. The Libraries will be flexible during this time and will conduct most or all of this search remotely. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/. Search in the keyword box by position number 00105998.
Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process, please contact Libraries Human Resources at (919) 515-3522.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.
- Jennifer Garrett Nomination Committee Chair, Associate Director for Organizational Design, Equity, & Talent
- Kevin Beswick Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives
- Alexa Carter Interim Lead Librarian for Engineering and Sciences
- Hannah Rainey Associate Head, Research Engagement
- Nellie Maurer HR Specialist