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 our upcoming revised Strategic Plan, which is also aligned with the university-wide 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.

Clemson Libraries has just undergone a major reorganization into three new Divisions. The residency program resides in Organizational Performance and Inclusion, but the program is structured to allow the resident to develop a specialization in any of the divisions. Work in the area of specialization will be supplemented with project-based opportunities in other areas of librarianship within or outside the home division throughout the residency. Residents will be guided in creating scholarly research output based on their projects and residency experience in years two and three, and will also receive support on marketing themselves and job seeking. 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

Faculty rank and minimum salary of $58,410 based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity, and the Library Resident will receive additional financial support to attend ACRL Diversity Alliance conferences and events.

We seek applicants with a 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. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills demonstrated by the ability to interact with respect and empathy, foster positive relationships and communicate concepts clearly, and have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Clemson University Libraries seeks to best serve our community through creating a welcoming environment in which diverse ideas and perspectives come together to achieve common goals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion as it is essential to the continued success not only of Clemson University but of the library and information science profession. We embrace Clemson’s core values of integrity, honesty, and respect, and add to those the ideals of compassion, dignity, and historical awareness so that Clemson Libraries’ staff, collections, spaces, and services inform the interest, information, and enlightenment of all who we serve.

Clemson University is an AAO/EO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.