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Overview

The Atkins Fellows program is a ten-week paid summer residential fellowship for students at the mid-point of their Library, Archives, or Information Science degree program, or those within one year of having completed such a program. It is designed to provide each fellow who participates with a work experience that is focused on professional-level tasks, with high levels of independence and creativity, while also supporting Atkins Library's mission, goals, and initiatives. These fellowships are designed to give LIS students hands-on experience in an academic library. The program is hosted by Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte.

Each year, Atkins librarians and staff have the opportunity to propose projects for the Fellows Program.  Applications are created for positions and students can apply for one or more of the positions.  Interviews with selected applicants will provide an opportunity to speak with the project supervisor(s) and learn more about the position and the program.

Fellows will work at Atkins Library on a specific project throughout the summer.  They will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, job talks, and local conferences, as well as job shadow and participate in departmental and all staff meetings.  Through this experience, Fellows will learn about the operations of an academic library, better preparing them for work opportunities in the profession.

At the end of the program, the library hosts a reception for the Fellows to present their projects.  Former Fellows have also presented their projects at state and national conferences.

 

All applications must be submitted through the jobs site for UNC Charlotte. We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2022.

  • Applicants must have completed 24 credits (or two full semesters of work) toward a Master’s in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program. We also accepts applications from those within one year of having completed such a program.
  • Applicants can apply for more than one position.
  • Applicants will need to upload a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and references with their application.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. to be considered for these positions.

Applicants may check on the status of their application(s) through the online system used to submit those applications. The Application Process page explains the status codes. You can also review the Program Dates tab to get a better understanding of the approximate timeline for decisions.

Below are the position descriptions. We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2022.

Please review the requirements for applicants below.

  • Applicants must have completed 24 credits (or two full semesters of work) toward a Master’s in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program. We also accepts applications from those within one year of having completed such a program.
  • Applicants can apply for more than one position.
  • Applicants will need to upload a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and references with their application.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. to be considered for these positions.

 

Digital Humanities Fellow
 

The Digital Humanities (DH) Fellow will have the opportunity to build a digital exhibit of the North Carolina artists’ books housed in the Special Collections of UNC Charlotte. Artists’ books are considered rare because of the limited number of copies and their delicate structures.The collection includes more than 45 hand-crafted books from local NC artists. Housing these materials in Special Collections ensures their preservation, but can limit their access. The project will increase access to North Carolina artists’ books for students, teachers and scholars in state and beyond through the use of 3D modeling, descriptive metadata, curriculum planning and outreach.

The Fellow will develop transferable skills with technology (digitization, metadata, Omeka platform) and library instruction (lesson planning and outreach). The Fellow will gain valuable experience with tools, skills and best practices for managing digital collections and creating digital humanities projects, while working with librarians and staff from a variety of library units, including Public Services, Technology and Digital Strategies, and Special Collections and University Archives.

Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Basic understanding of metadata and/or willingness to learn
  • Basic understanding of photography and/or willingness to learn 
  • Ability to learn and use new technologies 
  • Background and/or interest in digital humanities
  • Interest and/or familiarity with lesson planning and outreach

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Read selected literature on artists’ books, digital humanities, and 3D modeling 
  • Explore relevant equipment and software
  • Collaborate with librarians across the library to engage in best practices for DH projects
  • Collaborate on curatorial decisions when selecting books for the project
  • Contribute to metadata efforts
  • Photograph selected artists’ books and create 3D models of them 
  • Add content to Omeka site 
  • Create lesson plan/outreach materials to help expand use of the collection|
     

Open Access Fellow
 

Many academic libraries host institutional repositories for the open access publications of their faculty, staff and students. Atkins Library has spent the last year conducting usability testing on the UNC Charlotte institutional repository, Niner Commons, to create a better experience for those contributing to it and using it. The Open Access Fellow will help increase engagement with Niner Commons and open access publishing at UNC Charlotte through research, data management, workflow development, and outreach planning. This project will help the library capture and preserve open access research from UNC Charlotte scholars, build an open access publishing toolkit to help scholars navigate options and best practices, and increase campus knowledge of open access and how the university can support these efforts. As the Open Access Fellow, you will help build an environment of open access scholarship by creating resources and workflows that facilitate open access publishing.

This project is ideal for MLIS students interested in open access publishing and scholarly communications. It involves a variety of competencies commonly found in librarian positions, including technical work, research, resource development, project management, and outreach. Those interested in learning about and working with metadata, APIs, open access, and copyright are encouraged to apply. The Fellow will work with the Technology and Digital Strategies team at Atkins Library and collaborate with library faculty and staff from Collection Services, Research and Instructional Services, and Special Collections and University Archives.

Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Familiarity with data cleaning, JSON, APIs, and OpenRefine would be helpful, but training will be offered
  • Ability to learn and use new technologies 
  • Comfort with troubleshooting and reading user forums for technology platforms
  • Knowledge of or coursework in open access principles and practices
  • Experience and/or interest in outreach and marketing

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify open access works authored by UNC Charlotte scholars and develop and document a workflow and communication strategies for encouraging contributions to Niner Commons
  • Develop an outreach plan for the library to encourage OA authors on campus to deposit their works in Niner Commons
  • Create a searchable online resource for UNC Charlotte scholars to identify which journals are OA-friendly or allow deposit in Niner Commons
  • Create an “author toolkit” to increase open access education and encourage open access publishing among UNC Charlotte scholars
     

Wikidata Fellow
 

Wikidata, a freely available platform for creating and publishing linked, open data on the web, is increasingly used in academic libraries as an identity management and authority control tool that supplements traditional methods of managing data about people, places, topics, and library collections. Having created thousands of Wikidata items for UNC Charlotte faculty members, electronic theses and dissertations, and local people and places as a participant in the PCC Wikidata Pilot project during 2020-2021, Atkins Library now seeks to integrate Wikidata as an ongoing component of its metadata operations. The Atkins Wikidata Fellow will assist in developing and expanding Atkins Library’s Wikidata program by creating workflows for batch processing of Wikidata, using automated tools to ingest and edit Wikidata, and performing outreach to constituencies within Atkins and beyond who may be interested in contributing to the initiative. The focus of the program will be materials from Special Collections and University Archives and names data.

The Fellow in this position will gain expertise in using this free and open knowledge base that is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in academic libraries, hands-on experience in creating linked data and designing metadata workflows, and familiarity with tools and techniques for batch processing Wikidata. They will also develop an understanding of Wikidata’s relationship to other technical services’ workflows in academic libraries such as metadata creation and authority control, which it supplements and extends. The experience will prepare the Fellow for a variety of positions in cataloging, metadata, digital initiatives, and archives and special collections.

Preferred Education/Training, Experience, Skills/Competencies:

  • Interest in and experience or coursework in cataloging and metadata, authority control, archives and special collections
  • Aptitude for finely-detailed work
  • Ability to learn and use new technologies 
  • Familiarity with spreadsheets, OpenRefine, and scripting languages would be helpful, but training will be offered

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, expand, and accelerate Atkins Library’s Wikidata program by creating workflows for batch processing of Wikidata using automated tools such as QuickStatements and OpenRefine to ingest and edit Wikidata and performing outreach to constituencies within Atkins and beyond who may be interested in contributing to the initiative.
  • Migrate legacy personal and corporate names data to a new locally hosted Wikibase instance and assist partner institutions in contributing their own name data. 
  • Assist with developing a data model for Atkins names and mapping Wikibase properties to standard Wikidata properties. 
  • Experiment with ingesting data into Wikibase with QuickStatements and other tools.
  • Devise and document workflows and properties for ingesting new data and maintaining/editing data.

The Atkins Fellows Program is hosted by Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte. Atkins Library serves the students, faculty, and staff of UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. With current enrollment at nearly 30,000, UNC Charlotte is the fastest growing campus in the UNC system. Never been to our campus? Take a virtual tour.

Charlotte is also one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Our light rail system makes it possible for fellows to complete the fellowship and enjoy the city without a car. As North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte provides access to all of the amenities that you expect of a city with the benefit of being situated in driving distance to the mountains and the ocean. This is an exciting time to live in Charlotte and work at Atkins Library and we hope you will consider joining us.

Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender and sexual identities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social categories and backgrounds.  These varied identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole. UNC Charlotte and Atkins Library strive to celebrate this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. In order to advance this vision, the Atkins Fellows program encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The Atkins Fellows program typically begins the 3rd or 4th week of May and ends the last week of July or first week of August. Fellows will be expected to work a full-time schedule for 10 weeks total, with specific hours and availability determined by their project supervisor(s).

Important Dates:

Early December - Positions posted

Early February - Begin reviewing applications

Mid-February - phone interviews with selected candidates

Mid-March - Notification to applicants

May 30 - Fellows Program begins

August 5 - Fellows Program ends

Participants in this program will be paid at an hourly rate ($20/hour) for ten weeks of forty hours per week. Paychecks will be issued by direct deposit every two weeks, two Fridays after the end of each pay period.
 
Participants will also receive a $1,500 housing and transportation stipend to help with the cost of moving to Charlotte for the fellowship.
 
Note: The hourly rate and housing/transportation stipend will be taxed with each paycheck.

Fellows can choose to live on-campus or off-campus. Intern Housing is for students enrolled at a college or university and working full-time in an internship or job in the Charlotte area. Exceptions do apply for recently graduated students. If you wish to live in campus housing you will need to complete a separate application after being selected for the program. Costs for summer 2020 were $26.92-$27.82 per night.  Learn more about campus housing options
 
Fellows are not required to live on-campus and may seek other local accommodations. Please contact the program coordinator to learn about off-campus housing options.

If you will be bringing a car to campus you'll need to also purchase a parking permit. You won't be able to purchase the permit until you arrive on campus. Pricing and other information related to on-campus parking.
 
In addition to parking, you can use a free shuttle on-campus and public transportation (CATS) via bus or light rail to access the campus and the city. Learn more about all transportation options.  
 
The city's light rail system provides access from the university to many popular neighborhoods, museums, parks, and sports stadiums in Charlotte. For only $50 you can purchase a pass through the university that provides unlimited access to the light rail and bus systems for the duration of the program.

I am graduating this Spring.  Can I still apply for the program?
Yes.  Recent graduates and those that will be graduating in the upcoming Spring semester are welcome to apply to the program. 

The website indicates that applicants must have completed 24 credits (or two full semesters of work) toward a MLIS from an ALA-accredited program. By when must we complete those credits?
Any courses you are taking this Spring semester count toward the 24 credits. There is also some flexibility with that requirement if you are just a few credits short.

I live in another state.  Is it feasible for me to apply and participate in the program?
Yes. Fellows have joined us from library programs across the country. You can pursue on-campus or off-campus housing options in Charlotte and we do our best to help you. You could also feasibly move here for the summer and navigate the city without a car (several have done so) because Charlotte has a light rail system.

Can I participate in the program virtually?
The program requires that you live in the Charlotte area and work on-campus.

I applied for one of the Atkins Fellows positions. How can I check on the status of my application?
Applicants may check on the status of their application(s) through the online system used to submit those applications. The Application Process page explains the status codes. You can also review the Program Dates tab to get a better understanding of the approximate timeline for decisions.

To learn more about the Atkins Fellows Program, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Amanda Binder
Social Sciences and History Librarian
UNC Charlotte Atkins Library
abinder3@uncc.edu

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