Position Opening: Resident Librarian at West Virginia University (2 Positions)

West Virginia University LogoWest Virginia University Libraries is seeking two dynamic and passionate librarians to serve as Librarian Residents. Designed for librarians from traditionally underrepresented groups, our Residency Program will provide the professional and leadership skills needed for success in academic research libraries for new librarians, early-career librarians, or librarians working in public or special libraries that want to begin new careers in academic libraries.



Residents will participate in a rewarding three-year program uniquely crafted to introduce librarians to professional life in academic libraries.  Individually mentored by our academic librarians, the Residents will experience all aspects of West Virginia University Libraries: the breadth of this experience will provide Residents with prospects for scholarly projects and publishing; opportunities to develop leadership skills; and chances for professional service to the Library, University, profession, and/or community.


Choosing your own path and creating your own program, residents may concentrate in:

  • Academic Innovation
  • Informatics
  • Embedded Librarianship
  • First Year Experience
  • Data Curation
  • Digitization
  • Leadership
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Preservation
  • Metadata Management
  • Acquisitions/E-resources
  • Outreach Services
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Scholarly Publishing


WVU Libraries is committed to the success of our residents above all.  Our participant-focused program is designed to develop your interests and skills through substantive, hands-on experiences. Research and scholarly activity are integral parts of the residency plan and engagement in professional development activities is strongly supported.   Advancing your professional competency and positioning you to be a strong candidate for work in academic and research libraries is our number one goal.


WVU Libraries’ residency program is a partner in the Diversity Alliance, a collaborative effort between American University, the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University that is committed to mentoring under-represented populations and establishing a networked cohort of early-career librarians.  The overarching goal is to combine a broad range of experiences of working in an academic environment with engagement in research and scholarship. Together, the Alliance institutions will help build a foundation for successful career development and strongly support inclusion and diversity initiatives.


  • Masters of Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Applicants should be a recent graduate, an early career librarian, or as a librarian looking to change career (ideally 3-5 years working in an information organization.)


  • Compensation will be equal to the entry-level rank of staff librarian. Compensation packets will also include insurance benefits and professional development funds.

For an opportunity to work with our diverse student population, award-winning faculty and dedicated librarians, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to LibraryHR@mail.wvu.edu by April 7, 2015.  Cover letters should include a detailed statement of interest in the residency position and address how our residency program can help you meet your professional goals.

For more information about this position and West Virginia University, please see the complete job posting at https://lib.wvu.edu/about/employment/residency.pdf

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