The D'Angelo Law Library at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for the 2014 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. The primary focus of the Fellow's work will be determined by the interests and prior experience of the Fellow and the needs of the D'Angelo Law Library. 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.
The project for Summer 2014 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 electronic platform. (See D'Angelo Law Library Research Guides). Currency and relevance are essential if the guides are to be of maximum use to our patrons. The 2014 Fellow will update a number of these LibGuides, both as to appropriate content and currency. The number and topic of the guides to be updated will be determined by the Fellow and the Fellowship Coordinator during the first week of the Fellowship. 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 maintains a scholarship repository called Chicago Unbound, built on the BePress Digital Commons platform. Chicago Unbound contains the scholarship of current University of Chicago Law School faculty. Citations for the scholarship of historical Law School faculty have been added to the database underlying Chicago Unbound; these citations need to be reviewed for accuracy and completeness prior to being uploaded to Chicago Unbound. The Fellow will complete this review for certain historical faculty of the Law School, the names and number of those faculty members to be agreed upon by the Fellow and the Fellowship Coordinator during the first week of the Fellowship.
3) The University of Chicago Law School Record has been published since 1951. The publication has been digitized from the Spring 2008 issue forward. The D'Angelo Law Library would like to digitize the articles from all previous issues of the Record and make them available through Chicago Unbound, the Law School's scholarship repository. The Fellow would undertake identifying the issues, scanning the article portions of the issues, creating an index, and adding them to the database underlying Chicago Unbound, so that they will appear in the repository.
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, 2014.
The Fellowship is open to recent graduates and 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, who have demonstrated 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 three 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 14, 2014. The successful applicant will be selected no later than April 15, 2014.
Send applications (email submission only) to:
Director of the D'Angelo Law Library
University of Chicago
1121 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637