ACRL to host Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/11/2017

Contact:

Kara Malenfant

Senior Strategist for Special Initaitives

ACRL

kmalenfant@ala.org

CHICAGO -  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2017, the Public Fellows program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend, and health insurance.

The Public Fellow placed at ACRL will advance one of the association’s highest priorities by contributing to efforts to improve research around library contributions to student learning and success, which ties directly to our strategic goal that academic libraries demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.

“We are delighted to be selected by ACLS to participate in this important program,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “The work of ACRL’s fellow will expand our capacity to focus on student success and the value of academic libraries.”

Working with an engaged community of academic librarians and library researchers, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow placed at ACRL will advance research focused on student learning and success and promote findings from our forthcoming action-oriented research agenda to resonate across the network of higher education stakeholders. Additionally, the fellow will contribute to the work of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries to help academic library professionals more fully embrace the future of information and libraries in higher education.

The deadline to apply for the ACRL fellow position is March 22, 2017. ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs in the humanities who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. For more information on the program and the position description (pdf), please visit the ACLS website.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.

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