Resident Librarian, Fixed Term
The Michigan State University Libraries is excited to offer an entry-level librarian an opportunity to further their training and begin a rewarding career in academic librarianship. This program supports the Libraries’ and the University’s commitment to achieving a culturally diverse faculty and provides the opportunity for the Resident to experience three years of library work in an area of interest along with experiences in other areas as desired. Additional benefits include, but are not limited to, professional development, mentorship, opportunities to build professional networks, as well as opportunities to impact culture in the organization and profession. This holistic experience will give the Resident a competitive advantage in the search for a future professional position. The Michigan State University Libraries are part of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Diversity Alliance that supports residents and residency programs across the country.
The Resident Librarian is a 3-year term position designed to enhance the successful candidate’s personal interests and long-term career goals while meeting strategic needs of the MSU Libraries. The Resident Librarian will work primarily in a functional area determined by the Resident’s interests and needs of the MSU Libraries as well as an approximately quarter-time secondary assignment to broaden the Resident’s experiences. At this time, the MSU Libraries are looking for librarians with interests and ability in digital preservation, physical sciences liaison and collection management, Latin American liaison and collection management, web strategy, and information literacy instruction. Potential secondary assignments could include work in a variety of areas based upon candidate interest including special collections, metadata services or outreach. The Resident’s secondary assignment is flexible and may change based on the Resident’s career objectives and the needs of the library.
In addition to job duties and library-wide project and committee work, the Resident will benefit from strategic professional development and mentorship. Mentors will be chosen based on the Resident’s preferences and career objectives. The Libraries’ Coordinator of Mentoring Initiatives will also serve as a mentor.
The MSU Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, and experience and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The candidate will partner with others to grow our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at: http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/about/index.html.
Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 5,700 faculty, 38,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -Library and Information Science
- A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program granted within the past two years;
- strong interest in academic librarianship;
- collaborative skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment;
- effective verbal and written communication skills;
- ability to communicate and demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion librarianship;
- ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff;
- ability to work both with others and independently;
- ability to prioritize and balance various library needs;
- attention to detail;
- commitment to engaging in scholarly activity and service consistent with a library faculty appointment;
- capacity and commitment to independently pursue continuing professional development.
- Membership in a library professional organization;
- active involvement with professional library diversity initiatives such as, but not limited to, the ARL Diversity Scholars and ALA Spectrum Scholars.
Required Application Materials
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references in their application at http://careers.msu.edu.
The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/
Minimum salary is $52,000. Salary is negotiable. MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
The Libraries are at the center of academic life at Michigan State University, providing expertise, collections, and infrastructure for discovery and creation. We facilitate connections that support research, teaching, and learning in our local and global communities. Discover more about us at: https://lib.msu.edu/strategic-plan/.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.