DATE ENTERED: June 8, 2022
POSITION: Residency Program
LOCATION: University Libraries of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
APPLY BY: Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the positions are filled.

University Libraries of Virginia Tech
Residency Program
Position Announcement

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech Residency Program is offering up to six (6) entry-level resident librarian positions to recent graduates of a master’s degree program or entry-level library, data, or information professionals. These residencies offer an intensive three-year program where residents work in one of six strategic areas and have the opportunity to explore aspects of professional work in an academic library. Residents will work closely with library faculty to develop skills and understanding of academic libraries. The individualized program will reflect the successful candidate’s professional interests and long-term career goals.

Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty. Recent graduates and entry-level professionals traditionally underrepresented in librarianship and library faculty positions are strongly encouraged to apply. Virginia Tech, a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance (, is committed to mentoring and establishing networks for recent graduates, early-career librarians, and early-career data and information professionals. The program’s overarching goal is to help residents gain experience in one of the specializations and assist them in learning about a variety of library services as a professional faculty member in higher education. Virginia Tech and the Diversity Alliance will help build a foundation for successful career development opportunities as well as strongly support inclusion and diversity initiatives.

Flexible, individualized professional development plan
Mentoring, both individual and as part of the Residency Program cohort
Opportunities to gain experience with Library committee service
Support for specialized training and workshops
Travel support for conferences and professional development

Please address no more than two of the six following strategic areas in your application letter in addition to the required qualifications.

Strategic Areas
Data management and curation services
Data Management and Curation Services helps faculty and students manage, curate, and publish their research data. We advise researchers on data management best practices; create and improve curation workflows built around the Virginia Tech Data Repository (; and collaborate with other curators in the Data Curation Network.    

Collections and outreach for the physical sciences
This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in developing and managing collections in the sciences and in cultivating the growing interest among scholars and students in open access and open science. The resident will work collaboratively with a team of research librarians, provide instruction and research consultations for designated areas including chemistry and physics, and ensure that students, faculty and staff in the sciences have access to a suite of innovative library services and collections.

Evidence synthesis
Evidence Synthesis Services (ES) support systematic reviews and meta-analyses through consultations, educational opportunities, and research partnerships. The team’s key values are to break down barriers to anyone interested in producing high-quality ES; explore opportunities and emerging trends in ES; and engage with and contribute to the ES community. Emerging trends we are currently exploring include: text and data mining, crowdsourcing, and community-involved or stakeholder-engaged ES.

Metadata services
Metadata Services ensures that metadata created and used by the Library adheres to modern standards, is suitable for description as well as access, and accurately represents the Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our areas of interest include reparative description and practical applications of linked data.

Open education
The Open Education Initiative is committed to building awareness of open educational practices and conducting collaborative work resulting in faculty-authored and student-reviewed course materials that are freely and publicly released under open licenses. We leverage grant funds, technical assistance, and partnerships within the library and university to support faculty awareness, adoption, adaptation, creation, and public-release of open educational resources across a variety of disciplines.

Publishing services
Virginia Tech Publishing (VTP) engages in the latest trends and practices to expand the Libraries’ academic publishing services. VTP publishes in traditional formats as well as other emerging media — especially those that integrate interactive and multimodal media (e.g. podcasts) into teaching, learning, and research. VTP publications are freely available online. VTP also offers specialized publishing services for the Virginia Tech community and strives to make its publications accessible to people with disabilities.

Required Qualifications for All Strategic Areas
Graduate of a master’s program in an academic discipline related to the strategic areas described in the job posting, or in library and/or information science, or is an entry-level librarian, data, or information professional;
commitment to a career in research/academic libraries and their future directions;
demonstrated involvement in group-based activities such as committees, course projects, research projects, or task forces;
excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation skills;
flexible and motivated in the face of changing work assignments and projects;
commitment to inclusion and diversity;
innovative problem solving skills and ability to work independently.

Employment Terms and Compensation
Three-year appointment, full-time, continued appointment-track faculty position with the rank of Lecturer. There will be an opportunity for the positions to become regular, ongoing appointments. Benefits include generous relocation allowance, health insurance, retirement contribution, 16 hours of annual leave per month and a budget for professional development and travel. Starting salary is $57,000 per year with the possibility of subsequent annual raises.

How To Apply:
Applications must be submitted online at and include a resume/vitae. The cover letter must identify to which strategic areas the candidate is applying, address the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the required qualifications, and the names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the positions are filled.