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Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) - Fellowships in Academic Libraries

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Remuneration varies by sponsoring institution and by type of fellowship; benefits and some travel expenses are routinely provided. Fellowships are for either one, two, or three years.

Eligibility Note:

Applicants must have received a PhD in a discipline no more than five years before applying (i.e., after January 1, 2014; if a PhD has not yet been received, all work toward the degree (including dissertation defense and final dissertation editing) must be completed before starting the fellowship. Candidates must be legally permitted to work in the United States and/or Canada between 2019 and 2021.

Radical changes in the information landscape are transforming traditional academic roles and the roles of libraries within the academy. This program prepares a new generation of librarians, scientists, and scholars for work at the intersections of scholarship, teaching and librarianship in the emerging research environment.

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellows in Academic Libraries work on projects that forge and strengthen connections between academic library collections and their users. The program offers scholars the chance to develop new research models, collaborate with information specialists, and explore new career opportunities. Participating libraries benefit from the expertise of accomplished scholars who can invigorate approaches to collection use and teaching, contribute field-specific knowledge, and provide insight into the future of scholarship.

Past fellows have done the following:

  • consulted on the best, pedagogically sound ways to integrate technology and digital materials into the undergraduate classroom;
  • collaborated with librarians, archivists, and information technologists on the development of writing and research guides for students;
  • participated in the design and implementation of metadata standards for faculty using digital visual resources in their teaching and research;
  • worked in special collections and rare materials archives, learning and performing tasks including material review and selection, creation of catalogue records, metadata entry, and authoring of abstracts;
  • authored front matter for printed catalogues in special collections;
  • co-taught honors research skills courses;
  • managed digital archives;
  • provided support for discipline-specific research projects;
  • developed institutional policies, tools, and practices related to research data curation;
  • advised on and contributed to inventories of digital projects in area collections;
  • authored and consulted on grant proposals for digital projects;
  • presented at national and international conferences in various areas of librarianship, archive management, metadata, humanities computing, and discipline-specific topics;
  • taught bibliographic instruction sections for particular disciplines;
  • proposed new courses that integrate library and archival research into the undergraduate curriculum;
  • taught courses in academic departments pertaining to the fellows' area of specialization;
  • curated museum and library exhibitions;
  • organized conferences and colloquia; and
  • traveled on behalf of host institution to conduct research in archives, libraries, and museums in the United States and Europe. 

Last Updated On: 2018-05-11

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