The Library Research Scholars program offers University of Miami undergraduate students a unique, librarian faculty-mentored learning experience involving a deep and active engagement with the University of Miami Libraries’ research collections and service programs. The program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to build upon their own interests, develop transferable skills, and create an intellectual product that is shareable with others. The program is jointly sponsored by the Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Dean of the Libraries.
Each student accepted within the program will participate in a year-long, four-part program:
Orientation: Library Research Scholars will go through a focused orientation program, meeting with key library faculty and staff in order to understand the nature of the organization’s work. The program will include introductions to many library departments, including Learning and Research Services, Special Collections, University Archives, Cuban Heritage Collection, Digital Library, Music Library, Architecture Library, and more.
Mentorship and Work Experience: Each Library Research Scholar will be matched with a librarian faculty member, who will serve as a mentor and supervisor. The program requires 5-10 hours of dedicated time per week in the University of Miami Libraries during the fall and spring semesters. This time includes a weekly cohort session which will meet on (Wednesdays, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.).
Deliverable: In consultation with a librarian faculty mentor, each Library Research Scholar will develop a project that results in an intellectual product. The focus of the project could be any topic of interest to the Library Research Fellow and related to Library collections and services in some way. The range of products that might be created is broad and could include the production of an online exhibit or tour, research guide, specialized collection finding aid, creative work, etc.
Recognition Event: At the conclusion of the academic year, a capstone event will be hosted at Richter Library in which each Library Research Fellow will describe their experience and project. The families and friends of the Fellows will be invited, along with UM faculty, administrators and others.
Eligibility and Requirements
In the program’s pilot phase (2015-18), applications will be accepted from students in the Foote Fellows Honors program. The program requires 5-10 hours of dedicated time per week in the University of Miami Libraries during the fall and spring semesters. The commitment includes a weekly cohort session. Scholars will be paid hourly (5-10 hours per week) for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.
How to Apply
The application process includes submission of a statement of interest and resume. Following a review of applications, finalists are invited to interview, and awardees are then selected. During the interview process, the feasibility of project ideas will be explored for appropriate matches with potential library mentors.
The statement of interest should answer the following questions:
- Why are you interested in applying?
- How might the program contribute to your educational experience at the University of Miami?
- What possible questions or ideas would you like to explore during the fellowship?
- What type of project might you create to share with other students?
- Will you be able to commit 5-10 hours per week of time to the fellowship? (This time includes a weekly cohort meeting, during which you will be oriented to library collections and resources and learn from one another.)
Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be received by close of day (5 p.m.) on March 24, 2017. Please submit applications, including the statement of interest and a resume, via e-mail to: Ms. Francis Urtecho (firstname.lastname@example.org), Administrative Assistant in the University of Miami Libraries.
During the 2017-2018 Academic Year, the University of Miami Libraries will select no more than three Library Research Scholars.