Open Position: Library Resident

Clemson Libraries seeks a collaborative and inclusive library degree holder who is looking for their first professional academic librarian position to participate in a three-year residency program. Clemson University is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, and the purpose of the Library Residents Program is to increase the number of talented and qualified professional librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The residency is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track temporary lecturer position. Job duties will be at a professional level appropriate to a faculty librarian position.

The residency is designed to match your professional interests and goals with the service and strategic priorities of the Libraries outlined in the Clemson Libraries Strategic Plan. You will have the opportunity to tailor the residency and develop goals according to your professional interests. The residency features orientation to multiple areas of academic librarianship at a research university and completion of at least two major projects, resulting in a diverse portfolio of activities. The Program provides a focus area (home division) based on your interests, which will be supplemented with project-based opportunities in other areas of librarianship. Clemson Libraries is currently undergoing a reorganization to meet the needs of an R1 institution. This will provide you with opportunities to experience new workflows and services in a dynamic library environment. You will also benefit from strong mentorship, committee service, and generous support for professional development and attendance at meetings and conferences.

Learning opportunities of the Library Resident could include:


  • Reference and subject liaison work, teaching and learning, and outreach
  • Library technology, digital scholarship and scholarly communications
  • Cataloging, electronic resources management, metadata and resource discovery
  • Archival processing and finding aid creation

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

  • Actively sharing knowledge and experiences with others in the field. This could include, but is not limited to, formal or informal conference presentations, writings and reflections or publications.


  • Participating in professional opportunities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and/or community to develop leadership skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Recent MLIS (within the last five years) from an ALA-accredited program (proof of degree completion needed by date of appointment). Consideration will also be given to those seeking to transition from a non-academic or non-faculty library position to academic librarianship with an earlier degree completion date.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills demonstrated by the ability to interact with respect and empathy, foster positive relationships and communicate concepts clearly
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio: by March 31, 2022.