The E. Lingle Craig ILS Fellowship is a paid, one-semester internship with the IU Bloomington Libraries' Scholars' Commons Department.
Compensation: $4500 to be paid at the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester in a lump sum.
Position description: Fellowship recipient agrees to work 180 hours (approximately 12 hours/week) in the Scholars' Commons, Wells Library during the Spring 2022 semester. This work involves:
- Staffing the Scholars’ Commons Reference desk and answering research-related and directional questions in-person, via chat, or over the phone, provide referrals, and assist with the use of print and electronic resources. Participation in Scholars’ Commons department activities (6-8 hours/week).
- Identifying, developing and implementing a project that will benefit the patrons of the Wells Library (4-6 hours/week)
- For Spring 2021, we invite project proposals focused within the following areas:
- User-centered library services (e.g. working with diverse users, accessibility)
- Outreach & programming (e.g., Makerspaces, emerging technologies, digital humanities)
- Workshop development: develop and teach a new and innovative workshop for the Scholars’ Commons based on a literature review and current trends
- Note that we are also open to projects centered around library public services that do not fit neatly into the above categories; however, we suggest inquiring with the Department Head before submission.
- Presentation of a report on the project to librarians and staff at the end of the semester; report will be archived in IU ScholarWorks.
- Written reflection on fellowship and project experience
- Enrolled in IUB ILS program during the course of the fellowship (Spring 2022)
- Completion of Z501 User Tools & Services course (prior to application or enrolled during Fall 2021)
- Strong commitment to pursuing a career in Public Services Librarianship in any type of library as demonstrated through course enrollment, job experience, etc.
- Excellent communication and customer service skills
Extended Application deadline: *Friday, November 19, 2021, end of day*
To apply: Submit the following information as e-mail attachments to Anna Marie Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Head of Scholars’ Commons. Please use subject line: Craig Fellowship 2022.
- Cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position and a discussion of the kinds of library public services activities you hope to pursue in your professional career
- One-page outline of your proposed project
- Current resume/CV
- Your availability for a 30 minute interview during business hours from November 29-December 3, 2021.
- November 19, end-of-day – Extended Application Deadline
- November 29 (or earlier) – Finalists contacted to schedule personal interviews
- December 3 – All interviews completed
- December 10 – Offer made
E. Lingle Craig was a remarkable man who loved his work at the Indiana University Libraries. In 1926, Mr. Craig began working in the "old" library, now Franklin Hall, where as a page he retrieved books from the stacks. He was promoted to "head deskman" in 1930. In 1931 he received a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology; in 1939 he completed his master's degree at the University of Michigan. That same year he became Head of Circulation at the Indiana University Libraries. It is, however, as Head of Reference that his memory will be most cherished. Through his thoughtful determination and love of the printed word, he developed the reference collections he so valued. In 1970 he served as librarian for General Collections and Psychology and retired as librarian emeritus in 1975.
Mr. Craig died on November 3, 2001, and left a bequest to the IU Libraries; one of the largest contributions ever given. Part of this bequest was designated for an annual fellowship for graduate students pursuing degrees in information and library sciences in the Reference Services Department.