Resident Librarian: University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries is now seeking candidates for its Resident Librarian Program established in 2013. This program provides an opportunity for entry-level librarians from diverse backgrounds to begin their professional careers and develop skills and experience in academic librarianship. This program is designed to meet both the professional goals and interests of the Librarian and the service and operational priorities of the Libraries, and to encourage the involvement of underrepresented populations in academic librarianship.

This is a three-year placement designed to encourage and promote professional growth and development of recent graduates. It provides a broad-based awareness of principles and practices in an area of academic library specialization. The following placements are available for this position and the selection of the Librarian will be based on how well the applicant provides information on their suitability to one of these placements.

Digital Library Services

This position will work with the Digital Curation Coordinator and the Digital Services Librarian to gain professional skills and growth in the areas of digital preservation policy and stewardship; digital collections curation, description, capture and delivery; research data services; institutional digital repository policies and stewardship; data analytics and assessment for library services and applications.

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Open Educational Resources

This position will be key to UW-Madison’s transition from ad-hoc support for interested instructors to a coordinated campus-level effort to encourage instructors to create, adopt, and adapt affordable course content. This position will coordinate a campus-wide working group; manage collaborative outreach and education activities; participate in provision of copyright and licensing support for authors; contribute to development of library publishing services related to OER; and actively participate in both state-level and international networks of institutions and advocates.

Full Position Description

The UW-Madison Libraries will also support professional development and service activities in the library, on campus, and in the wider academic library community, including conference attendance and opportunities to develop a presentation or publication based on the Resident’s UW-Madison activities.

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.


  • MA/MS in Library/Information Studies, or field related to placement
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in academic libraries
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Willingness to participate in library and university committees
  • Demonstrated interest or experience related to your preferred position

Salary: $52,000 with an excellent benefits package

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

About UW Madison

UW-Madison Libraries have a proud record of accomplishment and service. The Libraries manage the 11th largest research collection in North America with exceptional access to print and digital materials from our libraries at UW-Madison and around the world. The many libraries on campus have a long-standing commitment to innovation, developing and offering new services needed to support 21st-century teaching, learning and research. New study and learning spaces have been created, and traditional spaces have been modernized. Libraries include collaborative digital media spaces and classrooms, active learning instructional areas, and inviting environments that are conducive to both group work and solitary study and research.

The Digital Library Services team leads the Libraries’ strategic and operational efforts to design, develop and deliver scalable, sustainable, secure and robust services.  These services facilitate the creation, acquisition, management, curation, preservation and discovery of digital content over time, in keeping with the Libraries mission to support research, scholarship, and learning.

The Scholarly Communication program within the libraries supports campus librarians’ work to: help members of the university community make informed decisions about creating, managing, and sharing the knowledge they create; and identify, promote, and create systems that facilitate knowledge creation, sharing and re-use.

Application information

Applicant’s cover letter should speak to a placement preference (or ranked placement preferences) and their interests in academic librarianship. Additionally, applicants should address their reasons for applying for an early-career program.

Email resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

UW Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply

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