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Resident Librarian

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Resident Librarian
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0180078
About Virginia Tech:

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.

Position Summary:

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 ( 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.

- Flexible, individualized professional development plan
- Mentoring
- Library committee service
- Specialized training and workshops
- Travel support for conferences and professional development

- 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.

Required Qualifications:

- 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Additional information about the strategic areas of focus for the Libraries include:

Learning Division – Contribute to the strategic direction of teaching and learning at University Libraries by promoting inclusive pedagogy and supporting its integration into library instruction. Collaborate across a spectrum of programs ranging from digital literacy and ePortfolios, to learning object development and service design. Opportunities are also available to work across the Library’s diverse studios including 3D design, virtual reality, data visualization, digital media, and others.

Special Collections – Cataloging, description, reference, instruction, digitization, metadata, community engagement, digital forensics, and more. All of these are part of working in Special Collections. We are constantly accessioning new materials to be processed and digitizing current holdings to make them available online. We also do regular instruction around the use of primary source materials in research. Spend some time in Special Collections and focus on digitization and digital collection building, accession and description of materials, reference and instruction, community outreach and engagement, digital forensics, a combination of any of these, or some other aspect of archival work.

Collections and Technical Services – Become familiar with electronic resources management including licensing, acquisition, access, and marketing in the Technical Services area as well as assessment of print and electronic collections. Enhance access to collections by creating quality (complete, accurate, and interoperable) descriptive metadata. Collaborate with partners on Open Access policies and resources as well as learn more about collaborative collection management through the VIVA and ASERL consortia.

Scholarly Communication – Explore many components, such as open access, intellectual property, and VTechWorks, our institutional repository. Work with metadata and many aspects of managing and growing targeted repository collections. Collaborate in planning, implementation, and program assessment of the Libraries Open Educational Resources initiative. Explore the role of a liaison librarian including outreach initiatives, course materials, online guides, and project consultations that connect trends in scholarly communication with initiatives in a subject specialty.

Data Management & Curation – Interested in data? Work with a team developing services designed to support faculty and students as they work to manage, curate, and publish their research data. Learn how to talk with researchers about data management, how to manage a data repository, and engage with a team of specialists who are working to develop cutting-edge services around research data.

Library Data and Assessment – Work with all library departments to demonstrate value and impact of the library, and ongoing projects such as sound data management and data collection practices. Collaborate with gathering and analyzing data within the library. Identify trends shown in the data and learn analysis tools. Disseminate data through narrative and/or visual means. Explore the roles of a library data analyst and/or assessment librarian including identifying trends, usability testing, consulting with staff on data/assessment needs, collaborating with non-library departments on campus.

How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin 4/9 and continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 3 years from hire date
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Range: $48,000 minimum, dependent on qualifications and experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Library
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8am-5pm M-F or as assigned
Job Posting Date: 03/09/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/09/2018
Job Close Date: 04/09/2018
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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