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Visiting Faculty - University Libraries

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Work type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 3rd Year - 12 Months
Location: Allendale
Categories: Library

Grand Valley State University Libraries seeks applications for a 2018-2020 Library Faculty Diversity Fellow. This three-year faculty position provides an opportunity for an early-career librarian, with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, to gain professional experience as an academic librarian and faculty member. The Libraries seek to hire for growth with a focus on being a self-starter with confident humility and curiosity as well as strong time management skills, while we commit to growing the fellow’s digital and research skills.

The fellow will gain meaningful work experience in GVSU Libraries with a focus on digital projects and services, including open data, open scholarship, scholarly communications and publishing, data visualization, and related initiatives. Serving as the experimental lead for digital scholarship service exploration with mentoring and support from other librarians, the fellow will gain project management and service assessment experience. The fellow will have the opportunity to work with librarians in the other departments and participate in projects to gain experience in the areas that pique their interests through a rotation program. Close collaboration with faculty in the libraries and the university will be emphasized.

The fellowship will offer many opportunities for professional development: The fellow will be encouraged to deliver presentations, attend national and regional conferences, and write for professional publications. Financial support for professional development opportunities will be provided. The fellow will serve on library committees as appropriate and participates in the Libraries’ mentoring program.

GVSU Libraries are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage applications from minority candidates, candidates with disabilities, and those with experience working on accessibility or inclusion initiatives Information about salaries, professional development and more can be found at  Diversity resources for the GVSU and Grand Rapids be found at URLs.  For more information on GVSU Libraries, please visit

This opportunity is open for applicants who are expecting their degree by Fall 2019.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA [or expected by Fall 2019]
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as a focus on user needs and experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, such as good writing skills and the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
  • Demonstrates confident humility – able to balance the need for confidence in order to successfully advocate with others expertise and values
  • Demonstrates self-starter – ability to identify needed work and pursue it in line with strategic directions
  • Demonstrates curiosity - ability to self-identify the need for new skills/knowledge and pursue acquiring them

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of project leadership and/or management
  • Ability to design and deliver training
  • Completed coursework and/or experience in one of the following: text-mining, digital humanities, digital scholarship, computer sciences, web coding, Geospatial Information Services (GIS) or related initiatives

Department/Division: University Libraries

Campus: Allendale

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Application Deadline Date:  June 19, 2018

How To Apply: Applications accepted online only at Please include a cover letter, resume, transcripts, statement of commitment to inclusion, and three references with name, address, telephone, and e-mail address.  The online application will allow you to attach these and other relevant supporting documents electronically. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Questions? Feel free to contact Annie Belanger, search committee chair via email  or by telephone 616-331-2619. 

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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