Position Opening: Library Fellow at Valparaiso University

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Valporaiso University | Library Fellow

Christopher Center Library Services, and Valparaiso University, are committed to fostering a diverse student body and faculty. We are pleased to announce a new Library Fellow position with an archival focus. This two year [July 2014 — June 2016] faculty position provides the opportunity for an entry-level librarian, with a demonstrated commitment to diverse and historically underrepresented groups, to gain professional experience as an academic librarian.

As a member of the University faculty, the Library Fellow should be interested in working at a University engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition. She or he will also demostrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.The Library Fellow will benefit from immediate opportunities in scholarly and professional development, faculty governance of the library, library policy creation, and service on library and campus committees and task forces. Current library faculty are engaged in a wide range of professional and campus related activities, from embedded librarianship to scholarly communication initiatives, from writing across the curriculum programming to changing service models, and welcome a new colleague’s interests and insights.

This position requires a two year commitment. The librarian will gain meaningful work experience within the library’s Special Collections Department, encompassing archival reference, digital preservation and reformatting projects, marketing, instruction, student assistant supervision, and collaboration with various departments and services on campus. In consultation with the Special Collections Librarian, and other librarians as appropriate, the Library Fellow will develop an original project, one which can be conducted during the fellowship, and culminating in a presentation or peer-reviewed publication. Also across the two year period, the Library Fellow will have the opportunity to partner with a librarian as a subject liaison to an academic program. Liaison work includes providing specialized student  information literacy instruction and consultation, collaborating with disciplinary faculty, and working with collections and information resources in specific subject areas.

Required Qualifications:
For consideration, a candidate must identify her/himself within the context of diversity as defined in Valparaiso University’s “Statement of Philosophy on Diversity.”
A candidate will provide evidence of
  • an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree, or equivalent, by the time of appointment;
  • a demonstrable commitment to diversity;
  • strong communication skills;
  • one or both of the following:
    • Demonstrable familiarity with archival theory, practice and applications related to digital repositories, archives and special collections
    • Demonstrable familiarity and/or experience in cataloging and metadata creation for archival material (using accepted formats and standards) or for Reformation-era German and Latin texts (cataloging proficiency with either/both languages)
  • A candidate must also be authorized to work in the United States for the full duration of the program
  • This position will require lifting up to 40 pounds and the manipulation of fragile materials.

Preferred Qualifications:

Additional qualifications are valued, including but not limited to:

  • Supervisory skills
  • Archival studies certificate or degree emphasis
  • Knowledge of best practices and emerging trends for digital repositories and digital archives
  • Technical skills including format validation and conversion methods or data integrity techniques and technologies or digital asset management systems
  • Familiarity with preservation theory and associated risks
  • Experience information visualization, 3D technology, or gaming

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