Thursday, October 15, 2009

Applications being accepted for the Diversity Librarian Residency Program at the University of Tennessee Libraries


Diversity Librarian Residency Program

Appointment Rank: Research Assistant Professor
Salary: $44,000
Available: Fall 2009

Come be a part of The University of Tennessee Libraries' two-year Diversity Librarian Resident Program. UT Libraries will select two librarians for a new cohort group in this successful career growth program. The purpose of the program is to attract recent library school graduates to a challenging and rewarding career in academic librarianship. Residents will work closely with librarians to develop skills and career plans, foster collegial relationships with university faculty, contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university, participate in library committees, and become involved with professional associations. Residents will have the opportunity to work in several areas of the library and take part in a variety of initiatives and projects. Priority areas include:

• Digital Initiatives
• Diversity and Ready for the World Initiatives
• Instructional Services
• Metadata and Resources Management
• Research Services subject specialists
• Special Collections & Archives
• Web 2.0, Library Systems

Mentoring: After orientation, residents will be asked to select one or more mentors. Candidates will receive guidance from a mentor with the goal of completing a specialized project during the second year of their residency.

Environment: The University of Tennessee is the state's flagship institution of higher education, offering comprehensive programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; research; and public service throughout the state.

The University of Tennessee Libraries, with an annual budget of more than $16 million, employs over three hundred persons, including 40 librarians. UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, SOLINET, and the Center for Research Libraries.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at

Required Qualifications: A recent graduate degree from an ALA accredited master's program; ability to work effectively in a team environment; a commitment to advancing the Libraries' and University's diversity goals; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated interest in scholarship and professional growth, strong service orientation; knowledge of issues and trends in academic libraries. Must have authorization to work in the United States for duration of the programs (2 years).

Preferred Qualification: Expertise in one of the priority areas.

Salary and Benefits: Two-year appointment as non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor at a minimum salary of $44,000. There is financial support for attending conferences, seminars, and workshops. Relocation assistance will be provided. Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or TIAA/CREF with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. To find out more about the libraries' commitment to diversity, please visit:

Application Procedure: Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Library Personnel & Procurement, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000. Application materials may be sent via email attachment to Review of applications will begin October 27, 2009 and will continue until candidates are recommended for appointment. Finalists will be brought to Knoxville for interviews. Qualified spring and summer semester 2009 graduates are encouraged to apply.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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