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Early Career Librarian Fellow

Employer
Towson University
Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 1, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has almost 900 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 Bachelor’s, 45 Master’s, and 5 Doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

ALBERT S. COOK LIBRARY
Early Career Librarian Fellows
Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks two innovative individuals to serve as Early Career Residency Fellows. Our library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse library staff by considering applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. You can read the library’s diversity statement here: https://libraries.towson.edu/about/more-about-us/diversity-equity-andinclusion. Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates will be expected to describe any prior experience and articulate how they could be involved in further advancing this campus goal. This fellowship program is designed to provide an early-career librarian from an underrepresented group, who has begun but not yet finished their Master’s in library science (MLS or MLIS), the opportunity for rapid professional growth while bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas to Towson University Libraries. Recent graduates who have received their MLIS in the last 18 months may also be considered for the fellowship. The first two years of the program will be dedicated to researching a new program, with the goal of launching the program at the conclusion of the two years or exploring a liaisonship, within Albert S. Cook Library. Master’s degree must be completed by start date or within one year of hire; the Fellows may receive work release time of up to 50% to complete their degree. Commitment to developing a career in academic librarianship; knowledge of issues and developments in academic libraries. Demonstrated interest or experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Strong commitment to supporting the academic and research needs of students, faculty and staff. Basic familiarity with current practices and technology in library instruction, technical services, and special collections. Demonstrated interest in scholarship and commitment to professional growth. Strong, positive interpersonal and collaborative skills; ability to work in a team environment. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and collaboratively on a variety of projects simultaneously. Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, time management and project management skills. Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast paced environment with a diverse population. The fellows will work on one of three program areas of their choice, choosing from topics of (1) research and instruction liaisonship, (2) digital archives, or (3) open educational resources. In the final year of the program, the Fellows will specialize in their chosen area(s) and work on a capstone project suited to their professional interests and to the needs of the library. A goal of this project is for the Fellows, working independently or with a mentor, to develop, complete, and report research or creative work at a conference or as a publication. The Fellows will serve on library and university committees and participate in professional organizations. The Fellows will benefit from formal and informal mentorship, funding and encouragement of professional development, and a focus on career planning. Towson University Libraries Residency program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the positions are filled. LIB-3555

For detailed information on these positions, please visit: http://www.towson.edu/provost/prospective/openpositions.html

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As s prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form (https://www.towson.edu/inclusionequity/diversity/ employment/data.html) to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.

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