Call for Applications: Instruction and Engagement Fellowship

Published: April 8, 2024 Image of Clark Library Librarians engaging with patrons

The Instruction and Engagement Fellowship comes with a great deal of responsibility, ideal for someone who is eager to learn about incorporating primary sources into curriculum and outreach in libraries, contribute to our strategy and mission, and develop professional skills. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Instruction and Engagement Fellow who will play an integral role on our team. You will learn from the Instruction and Engagement Librarian, as well as other librarians and library staff, to help with classes and leading tours, including the preparation for these visits. You will assist with the logistics of and take part in collection displays for events and other aspects of Library-initiated events. You will also add content to the Clark Library’s social media program.

  1. Instruction: Assist with preparation for and conducting of librarian- and instructor-led
    classes and other group visits held at the library, including selecting materials, paging,
    re-shelving, set- up, and invigilation.
  2. Outreach and Engagement: Give tours to a wide range of visitors. Help with book displays for events, including selecting materials, paging, creation of labels, re-shelving, and invigilation. Assist with preparation for and participate in Library-initiated events, including weekend events. Identify and seek out potential connections who could benefit from the Clark’s resources and services. Make content suggestions for the Library’s research guides, and assist with the Library’s website updates as needed.
  3. Social Media: Create content for the Library’s social media program, including for Twitter,
    Instagram, and YouTube.
  4. Administrative Tasks: Handle administrative tasks such as managing email correspondence and assisting with other duties

Award Amount:
$36,500 stipend plus standard tuition and fees (excluding nonresident supplemental tuition and professional degree supplemental tuition)

Fellowship Duration:
The fellowship begins in September 2024 and lasts until June 2025. Awardees are expected to commit to 20 hours/week on-site at the Clark Library for the duration of the fellowship.

Eligibility & Requirements:
Applicant must be a currently registered PhD or Master’s student at UCLA during 2024-25 academic year
Experience with teaching and/or public presentations.
Working knowledge of library services in an academic or research library environment.
Strong organizational and multitasking abilities.
Demonstrated experience with using library catalogs, such as UC Library Search, WorldCat, and other national and international OPACs.
Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively within and across organizations.
Commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism in the workplace and to serving the needs of a diverse population.
Working knowledge of special collections librarianship.
Familiarity or academic study in an area represented in the collections.
Knowledge of or experience with the applications of computers to library operations, especially
circulation, such as Primo/Alma and Aeon.
Familiarity with basic gardening practices and environmental-sustainability issues (to support library engagement related to the Clark’s grounds and gardens).

Application Process
Please submit the following application materials to by April 28, 2024. Please include ‘Instruction and Engagement Fellowship’ in the subject line of the email.

  1. CV
  2. Statement of purpose, no more than one page single-spaced, highlighting relevant experience, training, and reasons for the applicant’s interest in the fellowship
  3. List of two references that includes names, affiliations, and email addresses. Please include at least one academic reference.

Applicants may be asked to meet with Clark Library staff by Zoom as part of the application process.

About the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
The UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is a rare book and manuscript library open to all researchers who wish to conduct research with its holdings. The Library specializes in the study of England and Western Europe from the Tudor period through the long eighteenth century and from the mid-Victorian to late Edwardian periods, with a focus on Oscar Wilde and his circle. Other collection strengths include modern book arts; fine printing and the history of the book; and Montana and the West. The Library is located in a 1926 Beaux Arts building, listed as Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural Monument #123, and is situated on five landscaped acres in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Clark Library is administered by the UCLA’s Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. The Clark Library and the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies present a wide range of public and academic programming, including conferences, lectures, concerts, and workshops.

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