About the Program | Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program 2020

About the program

The Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program will be offered for the second year in a row by NC State University Libraries during the week of August 2-6, 2021. This virtual program will give library school students a better understanding of job opportunities available in library technology, build up their technical skill set, and give them a roadmap for pursuing a career in library technology.

The Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program seeks to...

  • Increase awareness of technology careers in libraries
  • Increase diversity (broadly defined) in this area of the profession
  • Impart strategies for learning technical skills
  • Provide concrete steps forward toward a career pathway in library technology
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive space where a diverse cohort can learn from each other
  • Foster a community of professional and interpersonal support

The program is offered virtually

The Jumpstart Program will be held as an online program, taking advantage of synchronous Zoom sessions and providing participants with offline resources. (View the 2020 program schedule to see how we used Zoom over the course of a week.) Our decision to host this program in an online format is part of our coronavirus response and is intended to help protect the health and safety of all involved.

Selected participants will receive more information about program logistics in midsummer. In the meantime, feel free to contact Tori Culler (tculler@ncsu.edu) with any questions or concerns.


Participants should have access to a laptop or desktop computer, microphone, and webcam for the program. We are happy to lend participants laptops with built-in webcams for the duration of the program, shipped to them at no cost.


All sessions will feature automated captioning. We are happy to provide live captioning by a professional captioner upon request. Recordings and transcripts for most sessions will be available to participants for a period of time after the Jumpstart Program concludes.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with… 

  • a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in library technology
  • a commitment and willingness to learn technical skills
  • a persistent and creative approach to solving problems

You don’t necessarily have to have any technical expertise to be accepted to the program! Eligible applicants must be enrolled or accepted to an ALA-accredited graduate degree program and must have an anticipated graduation date of December 2021 or later.

We seek applicants who share our Libraries’ strategic values that include Diversity, Access, Experimentation, Agility, Collaboration, and Delight. You may also want to review our Libraries’ Diversity & Inclusion Statement.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be enrolled or accepted to an ALA-accredited graduate degree program
  • Must have an anticipated graduation date of December 2021 or later

Who should apply?

We encourage applications from people of all genders, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, first-generation college students, and people from other underrepresented and marginalized groups. 

Meet the Planning Committee

About Jumpstart 2020

Read about the first iteration of this program: what participants did and what they had to say about their experiences.

Planning a Jumpstart Program: A Framework Document

We believe that there is value in building a network of similar programs across organizations. Our guide, Planning a Jumpstart Program, details our process for conceptualizing, planning, hosting, and assessing this program in the hopes that this information will be useful for others looking to begin similar programs at their institutions.

About NC State University Libraries

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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 eleven 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 full-time employees, the Libraries has more than 5.2 million volumes in its collection 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 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 equity, diversity, and inclusion 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 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 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.

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.