Earlier this month, the Newberry learned that we were one of the thirteen organizations selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to host a fellow in the second competition of the Public Fellows program. Congratulations to CLIR for being another!
I am especially excited about the news for two reasons.
First, my experience working with the catalogers on the French pamphlets project has been outstanding. I’ve learned so much from the scholars, recent graduates, MLIS students who have worked with us as Cataloging Assistants. I’m looking forward to meeting the ACLS Public Fellow who wants to come explore the Newberry and working in a library.
Second, the Newberry’s Public Fellow will be hired as the Assistant Director of the newly established Department of Digital Initiatives and Services and I’ve recently been asked to help establish that department and serve as its Interim Director. I’ll be busy very for the next year since I will continue my work work with the CLIR project and with several other cataloging projects already underway. I’m very lucky to have such a talented cataloging team in place to help during the transition and I can’t wait to get an equally indispensable Digital Initiatives team together!
Here are a few details (and links to more information) about the program.
The ACLS Public Fellows program will place 13 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.
The Newberry is in the midst of multiple ongoing, technology-based activities, including developing a digital asset management system, determining how to manage and preserve born-digital assets, producing digital publications and online exhibitions for scholarly and general audiences, and more. The ACLS Public Fellow/Assistant Director of Digital Initiatives and Services will be involved with all of these developments and will play an instrumental role in helping to conceive an integrated digital strategy for research and learning in the humanities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellows/ and http://www.newberry.org/employment
The application deadline is March 21, 2012 (6pm EDT). Applications should be sent to ACLS, not to the Newberry Library. All questions from candidates must be addressed to ACLS and not to the organization to which they have applied.
The Public Fellows Program is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies and information regarding the application process can be found on their website. We kindly request that you direct any inquiries to ACLS.