Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
The Libraries Residency Program offers an entry-level librarian an intensive three-year exposure to the various aspects of professional work within an academic library and a broad-based opportunity to begin a career in academic librarianship. In supporting the Libraries’ and the University’s commitment to achieving a culturally diverse faculty, the Resident will, over a three-year period, experience a minimum of three areas of librarianship and develop a specialization in one area. Residents will work closely with library faculty to develop skills and an understanding of academic librarianship as a whole through the introduction to the different functional areas of the library. The Residency Program will be tailored to reflect the successful candidate's personal interests and long-term career goals.
Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. Virginia Tech is a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance (www.ala.org/acrl/issues/alliancefaq). We are committed to mentoring and establishing networks for early-career librarians. The overarching goal is to provide a broad range of experiences working in an academic environment with exposure to research and scholarship. Virginia Tech and the Diversity Alliance will help to build a foundation for successful career development opportunities as well as strongly support inclusion and diversity initiatives.
There is a generous allowance for professional travel and development. The Program will give the Resident a competitive advantage in the search for a subsequent professional position.
Features: - Flexible, individualized professional development plan - Mentoring - Library committee service - Specialized training and workshops - Travel support for conferences and professional development
Duration: - Three year restricted appointment
Structure and Responsibilities: In the first year, the Resident will serve in three or four functional areas, determined mutually by the Resident’s interests and the needs of the Libraries.
In the second year, the Resident will begin to specialize by contributing to one or two functional areas of choice, in consultation with the Library's Resident Program Coordinator and directors in charge of the functional areas. The Resident will then begin to formulate the basis for a capstone project.
Residents with interest in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to apply. Strategic areas of focus for the Libraries include:
- Learning Division - Special Collections - Collections and Technical Services - Scholarly Communication - Data Management & Curation - Library Data and Assessment
The Resident will also begin actively participating in Library committees, councils, and task forces. Residents will be expected to attend national and regional professional conferences related to their area of interest and specialization. The Resident will also participate in program related activities and communicate with peer cohorts.
In the optional third and final year, the Resident will continue to specialize and will complete a capstone project, preferably suitable for publication, which incorporates the expertise and perspectives gained during the residency.
- Graduate of an ALA-accredited master's degree program in library and/or information science or early career information professional; - Commitment to a career in research/academic librarianship and future directions of academic libraries; - Commitment to service; - Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation skills; - Flexible and motivated in the face of changing work assignments, projects, and departments; - Commitment to inclusion and diversity; - Innovative problem solving skills and ability to work independently.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).