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Resident Librarian

The Michigan State University Libraries is excited to offer an entry-level librarian an opportunity to further their training and begin a rewarding career in academic librarianship. This resident librarian program supports the Libraries’ and the University’s commitment to achieving a diverse faculty and provides the opportunity for the Resident to experience three years of library work in an area of interest along with experiences in other areas as desired, professional development, and mentorship. This holistic experience will give the Resident a competitive advantage in the search for a future professional position. The Michigan State University Libraries are part of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Diversity Alliance that supports residents and residency programs across the country


Designed to engage librarians who are members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, the Resident Librarian is a 3-year term position intended to enhance the successful candidate’s personal interests and long-term career goals while meeting strategic needs of the MSU Libraries. The Resident Librarian will work primarily in a functional area determined by the Resident’s interests and needs of the MSU Libraries as well as an approximately quarter-time secondary assignment to broaden the Resident’s experiences. Potential secondary assignments could include work in a variety of areas based upon candidate interest including special collections, metadata services or outreach. The Resident’s secondary assignment is flexible and may change based on the Resident’s career objectives and the needs of the library. 


In addition to job duties and library-wide project and committee work, the Resident will benefit from strategic professional development and mentorship. Mentors will be chosen based on input from the Residents. The Libraries’ Organizational Development Coordinator will also serve as mentor. 


At the end of the 3 year residency period, there may be an option, if it is mutually agreed upon by the candidate and MSU Libraries administration, to be transitioned to a regular faculty position in the continuing appointment system as a Librarian I, contingent upon budget and position availability.


The MSU Libraries Strategic Plan guides our current and future work. The MSU Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, and experience and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The candidate will enthusiastically partner with others to grow our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at: http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/about/index.html

Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 5,700 faculty, 39,000 under-graduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. 

Position: Resident Librarian
Organization: Michigan State University Libraries
Location: E. Lansing,  MI 
United States
Salary: Minimum $54,000. Salary is negotiable. MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
Posting Start Date: 4/22/2022
Date Posted: 4/22/2022

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program granted within the past two years

  • Strong interest in academic librarianship; outstanding collaborative skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; 

  • Ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff;

  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently; 

  • Ability to prioritize and balance various library needs; 

  • Commitment to engaging in scholarly activity and service consistent with a library faculty appointment; 

  • Capacity and commitment to independently pursue continuing professional development. 


Desired Qualifications

Membership in a library professional organization or desire to be involved in one;

Active involvement with professional library diversity initiatives such as, but not limited to, the ARL Diversity Scholars and ALA Spectrum Scholars.

Status: This listing expires on: 7/21/2022
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Michigan State University Libraries
366 West Circle Drive

E. Lansing,  MI 48823
United States
Jacquelyn Hansen