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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries is now seeking candidates for its Diversity Resident Librarian Program, which was established in 2013. This program provides an opportunity for entry-level librarians from diverse backgrounds to begin their professional careers and develop skills and experience in academic librarianship. As members of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, we are committed to “increasing the hiring pipeline of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.”

This is a three-year placement designed to encourage and promote professional growth and development of recent graduates. It provides a broad-based awareness of principles and practices in an area of academic library specialization. The Libraries will be hiring one applicant who will be placed in either Digital Scholarship and Data or Open Educational Resources based on the preference outlined in their application. The applicant does not need to have prior experience for either placement but should show an interest in the specialization area and a desire to learn the skills necessary to be successful on the job.

The UW-Madison Libraries will support professional development and service activities in the library, on campus, and in the wider academic library community, including conference attendance and opportunities to develop a presentation or publication based on the Resident’s UW-Madison activities.

Digital Scholarship and Data

The Digital Scholarship and Data Diversity Resident Librarian is a dynamic and active role whose efforts are targeted at researcher support and engagement while supporting the ongoing maintenance and further development of research data and digital scholarship services at the UW-Madison Libraries.

This role will work with the Digital Curation Coordinator and is housed within the Digital Library Services unit of the General Library System. The Digital Library Services unit supports data services, the institutional repository – MINDS@UW, and UW Digital Collections. This Digital Scholarship and Data Librarian role will focus on supporting MINDS@UW as well as Research Data Services (RDS), which is an interdisciplinary organization committed to advancing research data management practice on the UW–Madison campus. RDS focuses on providing researchers with the tools and resources that support their efforts to store, analyze, and share data.

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Open Educational Resources

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Diversity Resident Librarian will play an integral role in the creation of a library-based campus hub for OER activity and support.

With support from the Director of Scholarly Communication and the Curricular Content Librarian, the person in this position will participate in collaborative outreach and education activities; provide direct support and consultations related to OER discovery, use, copyright and licensing; coordinate a campus-wide working group; contribute to development of library publishing services related to OER; and actively participate in both state-level and international networks of institutions and advocates.

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About UW-Madison Libraries

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries have a proud record of accomplishment and service. The Libraries manage the 11th largest research collection in North America with exceptional access to print and digital materials from our libraries at UW-Madison and around the world. The many libraries on campus have a long-standing commitment to innovation, developing and offering new services needed to support 21st-century teaching, learning, and research. New study and learning spaces have been created, and traditional spaces have been modernized. Libraries include collaborative digital media spaces and classrooms, active learning instructional areas, and inviting environments that are conducive to both group work and solitary study and research.

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.

Qualifications & Application Information

Required Qualifications

  • Recent (with less than three years of professional experience) or upcoming MA/MS in Library/Information Studies, or a field related to placement
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in academic libraries
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated interest or experience related to your preferred position

Salary: $52,000 with an excellent benefits package, including relocation costs and professional development funds

How to apply

Email resume and cover letter to library-hr@library.wisc.edu. Applications will be accepted until

May 31, 2019.

The cover letter should speak to:

  • Required qualifications
  • Interest in academic librarianship and the chosen placement area
  • Reasons for applying to a diversity residency program

The second round of interviews will be on campus. Candidates will be compensated for their travel expenses.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

UW Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.