OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. Tens of thousands of libraries around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials. We are currently seeking candidates for a Diversity Fellow (Research) position at our Dublin, Ohio, office. The complete position description and links for applying for the position are available at http://www.oclc.org/careers/hub/view/default.htm.
The research fellow has the opportunity to work on OCLC Research projects associated with the Resources Information Management and User Behavior and Synthesis Activities.
1. The User Behavior and Synthesis Activity area includes several projects.
* Visitors and Residents project (http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/vandr/): This is a collaborative project that is funded by JISC and Oxford Universities in the UK and OCLC. The study utilizes the visitors and residents principle described in the University of Oxford’s Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) blog, which hypothesizes that neither age nor gender determines whether one is a visitor (one who logs on to the virtual environment, performs a specific task or acquires specific information, and then logs off) or a resident (one who has an ongoing, developing presence online). This work will increase understanding of how learners engage with the Web and how educational services and systems can attract and sustain a possible new group of lifelong learners. The trans-Atlantic partnership will support comparison of students’ digital learning strategies in different cultural contexts. The project will be in its final phase, which will require quantitative and qualitative data analysis and dissemination of research findings. The results can influence the development of OCLC and member organizations’ systems and services.
* Cyber Synergy project (http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/synergy/default.htm): This is a collaborative project that is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Rutgers University to investigate the possibility of seamless collaboration between knowledge institutions such as libraries and the Social Q&A (SQA) community. This project will require quantitative and qualitative data analysis, dissemination of research findings, and development of models for virtual reference and SQA services to initiate new collaborative library services.
2. The Resources Information Management Activity area includes several projects.
* Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR) project (http://www.dipir.org): This is a collaborative project that is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), University of Michigan, and OCLC Research. The project is exploring how to facilitate the reuse of digital data and collections. In partnership with the Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context we are studying data reuse by quantitative social scientists, zoologists, and archaeologists to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved. This project will be in its final phase, which will require quantitative and qualitative data analysis and dissemination of research findings.
* Librarian and Data Management: This project is exploring the management of research data from the academic librarians’ point of view. Of particular interest are librarian intentions towards and involvement in helping university researchers manage their data. This project will involve developing and administering an online survey, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and disseminating research findings. A major aim of the project is to inform the development of effective social and technical infrastructures (e.g. education, training, systems, services, etc.) that support librarians that have this new responsibility.
Working on two OCLC Research Activities from Summer 2013-Summer 2014, our intent is to provide the Diversity Fellow with a rich learning experience in two of the six activities supported by OCLC research – User Behavior Studies and Synthesis and Research Information Management.
The Diversity Fellow will have an opportunity to assist in several ongoing research tasks for the User Behavior Studies and Synthesis and Research Information Management activities. Professional Development opportunities include:
* Developing and administering online surveys
* Conducting user interviews
* Collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
* Reviewing and coding interview transcripts
* Preparing papers and presentations
* Aggregating and analyzing web server logs to identify user behaviors.
Since all of the projects collaborate with people in other OCLC divisions, as well as external institutions, we also see an opportunity for the Diversity Fellow to engage with a variety of people that extends beyond OCLC Research to OCLC’s product area, the academy, and the designated communities of users each project intends to serve.
Salary and Benefits
* Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and applicable market compensation
* The Fellow will be eligible for health & welfare benefits such as is provided to other similarly situated term-limited employees
* Relocation Assistance will be offered in the form of a lump sum distributed in two installments (50% at signing of offer and 50% after 90 days of start date). The amount of the lump sum will be determined by the distance required for relocation during the term of the fellowship
OCLC Candidate Profile
Create your candidate profile at the OCLC Career Center Internet site. Once you select to apply for the OCLC Diversity Fellowship opening, you will be asked the following questions:
* Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?
* Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B, F-1 visa status)?
* List your library-related educational experience. Please include: name of degree and major; educational institution city/state/country; year degree awarded.
* List any additional educational experience. Please include: name of degree and major; educational institution city/state/country; year degree awarded.
* List the names of two persons (unrelated to you) who will be submitting letters of recommendation for you. Please include the e-mail address and phone number of the two recommenders.
* List your involvement with professional/student organizations (provide detailed listings of your activities and involvement with library and information science-related organizations); publications (citations for up to five key publications); and honors and awards.
* List any employment experience, most recent position first. Please include: position title; institution; institution mailing address; dates of employment; and key responsibilities.
Provide an original essay (to be submitted as part of your resume file) of no more than 1,000 words describing why you want to participate in the OCLC Diversity Fellowship Program, and how the experience will contribute to your short-term and long-term career plans. The essay should also demonstrate insight into the problems and opportunities surrounding diversity and inclusion in the library workforce.
Letters of Recommendation
Two persons (unrelated to you) will need to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation MUST be sent separately via e-mail from the recommender’s e-mail account (applicants cannot submit the letters). Recommenders should state how long they have known you and in what capacity, discuss evidence of your commitment to professional development and service, and give an assessment of your promise as a developing professional.
Application is initiated by applying to the specific fellowship requisition at the OCLC Career Center Internet site, www.oclc.jobs, where you will need to create an OCLC candidate profile. The OCLC Diversity Fellowship (WorldShare ILL) Job ID number is 2163. Note: If you have created an OCLC candidate profile in the past, please do not create a duplicate profile.
* If you are applying for multiple OCLC positions, you only need to create one OCLC candidate profile, but you must apply towards each particular position via your candidate profile.
* When creating your profile, you will arrive at a section to ‘upload your resume’. Please use that section to upload your original resume and essay in one file (both your resume and essay should be in one document before submitting the file online). If you experience problems uploading your resume and essay document, please submit the resume and essay via email directly to: email@example.com.
The application initiation and all required submissions (original essay and two letters of recommendation) MUST be completed and received by Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00pm ET.
Timeline and Key Dates
2013 Program Applications Accepted (Fall 2012 to February 28, 2013)
2013 Application Deadline (February 28, 2013)
2013 Fellow Selection Process (April 2013)
2013 Notification of Decision (April/May 2013)
2013 Fellowship Program Starts (July 2013)
2013 Fellowship Program Ends (12 months after start date)
The OCLC Diversity Fellowship Program 2013 Program Guidelines document can be found at:
The following skills are required to accomplish the projects/tasks across the two projects.
A Master’s or Ph.D. in Library and Information Science or related discipline (Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Archives, Records Management) is required, though candidates with advanced degrees in social science disciplines (Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology) are also encouraged to apply.
* Strong communication and analytical skills
* Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
* Experienced in Microsoft office programs
* Familiarity with database design principles
The following skills are preferred:
* Undergraduate or graduate research experience
* Ability to quickly learn new software applications