Job Posting – Academic Library Fellowship, St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)

General Summary of Position:

The St. Lawrence University Fellowship offers a unique opportunity in a small liberal arts setting to a recent M.L.S. (or equivalent graduate degree) by providing a launching pad for a career in academic librarianship. Structured as an experience for newly qualified and early career librarians, the Fellow will develop a broad knowledge of the activities and functions of an academic library. This position will provide the selected candidate with professional early work experience and career development opportunities in preparation for future roles in the field.  Individuals will refine professional skills, explore areas of specialization, and begin to build a professional network in preparation for future career opportunities.

The Fellow will be appointed at the rank of faculty librarian for a one and a half-year term from January 2019 through June 2020.


  • Spring 2019
    • The Fellow will become familiar with the Library’s culture and purpose via orientations and mentoring.
    • Work during first semester will focus on planning and teaching information literacy instruction sessions primarily for St. Lawrence’s highly respected First Year Program and   providing one-on-one research assistance to students and faculty.
    • Assists with projects throughout the library as needed.
  • Summer activities include work on an independent or collaborative project with library colleagues.
  • Fall 2019
    • The Fellow will delve more deeply into an area of academic librarianship of interest to them including Special Collections/Archives, Scholarly Resources Acquisitions and Assessment, or Digital Initiatives.  Fellow will continue to provide instruction and reference services as needed.
    • Propose and develop a presentation for a professional conference  or work on scholarly project.
  • Spring 2020
    • Continue to explore and develop professional interests while continuing to provide and assist with ongoing library services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Graduate of an accredited MLS or MLIS program.
  • Strong interest in working closely with students and faculty in a liberal arts environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in instruction and reference as well as interest in developing skills in one or more areas of academic librarianship including the following: digital scholarship, special collections/archives, collection development, library systems and technical services.
  • Ability to collaborate with library staff and librarians across functional areas.
  • Experience with emerging digital technologies and an understanding of how technology has and continues to transform academic libraries, scholarship, and teaching.
  • Interest in and evidence of innovative problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and motivated in the face of changing work assignments and projects within a dynamic work environment.
  • Commitment to valuing inclusion and to fostering a diverse educational environment.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to recent graduates.
  • Additional graduate work or degree.

 Salary and Benefits:

Compensation is competitive and based upon relevant experience and qualifications. The appointment will be full-time with access to the University’s benefits package.  Professional development support including attendance at least one national conference and regional opportunities.

Required Application Materials:

  1.  Resume or CV
  2.  Cover letter
  3.  Written statement of interest
  4.  Diversity statement
  5.  Name and contact information for 3 professional references

Additional Information about St. Lawrence University:

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,300 students, founded in 1856. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

Post expires on Thursday February 28th, 2019