Information for Hosts
For ten years, this program has prepared new generations of librarians and scholars for work at the intersections of scholarship, teaching, and librarianship in the emerging research environment. CLIR is currently offering the following fellowships for 2014:
- Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries (open to any discipline; designed and funded by hosts, who also pay fees to CLIR to cover the costs of fellows' education)
- Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences (for science and social science Ph.D.s interested in working in data curation; designed and funded by selected hosts according to guidelines set by CLIR, with educational benefits funded by CLIR)
- Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies (for recent PhDs with expertise in any aspect of Early Modern Studies; salaries fully funded by CLIR for selected hosts)
What are the benefits to host institutions? Host institutions benefit from the expertise of accomplished scholars who can invigorate approaches to collection use and teaching, contribute field-specific knowledge and provide insight into the future of scholarship. Library fellows work on projects that exploit current information technology to forge, renovate, and strengthen connections between academic library collections and their users. The program offers scholars the chance to develop new research models, collaborate with information specialists, and explore new career opportunities. The fellow is a full-time member of the host institution's staff and works on a project or projects relevant to the institutional mission. Examples of work undertaken by past fellows include:
- consulting on the best, pedagogically sound ways to integrate technology and digital materials into curricula;
- collaborating with librarians, archivists, and information technologists on the development of writing and research guides;
- participating in the development of digital collections and data curation services;
- providing data management planning for faculty research projects;
- conducting user assessments;
- planning workshops, conferences, colloquia or other public programs connected with their areas of expertise;
- training faculty and/or staff to use particular research tools or applications;
- improving library sites and portals to reflect user needs;
- advising on and contributing to inventories of digital projects in area collections; and
- writing and consulting on grant proposals for digital projects.
In addition to fellows' disciplinary expertise and teaching experience, former hosts point to their value in demonstrating the critical, growing role of librarians in the classroom. Directors mention the contributions fellows have made to digital projects, and their work with faculty and students to ensure that such projects are optimized for classroom use. Many directors view the fellowships as a means to attract a variety of talented individuals to a profession that is undergoing dramatic changes.
What does a fellowship position description look like? See Previous Fellowship Position Descriptions for examples.
What do fellows gain from the experience? Fellows gain new perspectives on the materials and information technologies that underlie their discipline and the potential for new use of library resources in the digital age. The experience also broadens their career options.