The D'Angelo Law Library at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for the 2015 Judith M. Wright Fellowship. This Fellowship develops promising new professionals in academic law librarianship by supporting a career training program at the D'Angelo Law Library. The Judith M. Wright Fellowship provides a stipend to a law school or library science student or a recent graduate selected for training at the D'Angelo Law Library for a Fellowship as described below.
The Fellowship is intended to give candidates interested in law librarianship as a career an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in an academic law library setting. Fellows working in the D'Angelo Law Library under the guidance and supervision of the Law Library Director and other librarians will learn about the overall functions, policies and practices of the D'Angelo Law Library in both technical services and user services departments. In addition to participating in the daily work of a premier academic law library, Fellows will undertake and complete a project based on the needs and capabilities of the D'Angelo Law Library and the interests and prior experience of the Fellow. As a requirement for completing the Fellowship, the Fellow will write and submit a report summarizing and reflecting on his/her experiences working at the D'Angelo Law Library.
The project for Summer 2015 will be one of the following:
1) The D'Angelo Law Library reference staff maintains a wide range of electronic research guides on various legal topics, using the LibGuides platform. (See D'Angelo Law Library Research Guides). The 2015 Fellow will update a number of these LibGuides, both as to appropriate content and currency, create new research guides, and assist with changes necessitated by the migration to LibGuides 2.0. The number and topic of the guides to be updated will be determined by the Fellow and the designated Fellowship Coordinator. To undertake this project, the Fellow must have completed or be in the process of completing his/her J.D. degree, in addition to the other qualifications required by the Fellowship description.
2) The D'Angelo Law Library has an impressive collection of rare and unique books both in dedicated special collections space and as part of other rich and extensive collections of U.S. and foreign law. Historically, these books have been acquired as part of the development of other collections, through individual purchases at the request of faculty, and as gifts. The 2015 Fellow will and develop a descriptive guide of the D'Angelo rare book collection, including the scope and strengths of the collection and a desiderata list in areas where these materials would be enhanced by future acquisitions.
3) The D'Angelo Law Library has digital files of all content in The University of Chicago Law School Record, the School's alumni magazine that has been published since 1951. Full-text PDFs of many of the issues of the Law School Record are available in Chicago Unbound, the Law School's scholarship repository. The Law School Record has many historical photographs that are included in the digital files but have not been loaded into or fully described in Chicago Unbound. The 2015 Fellow will organize and create metadata for all of the photographs and upload the files and the descriptive information into Chicago Unbound.
The Judith M. Wright Fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend for a minimum of six consecutive weeks of full-time work to occur between May 15 and September 15, 2015.
The Fellowship is open to recent graduates or currently enrolled students of an accredited library science or information science program, or to recent graduates or currently enrolled students in a J.D. program at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in academic law librarianship through appropriate coursework or previous experience.
Applicants should submit a letter of application expressing their interest in this opportunity and their commitment to a career in academic law librarianship. In addition, applicants should submit a resumé including a description of their library or information science graduate program and/or J.D. degree program, including any coursework in law librarianship or legal information resources; the names and e-mail addresses of three professional references; and an indication of which of the proposed projects would be of interest to them. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
The deadline for applications is March 9, 2015. The successful applicant will be selected no later than April 10, 2015.
Send applications (email submission only) to:
Director of the D'Angelo Law Library
University of Chicago
1121 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637