Wright Fellowship for promising new academic law librarians

The D’Angelo Law Library at the University of Chicago is accepting applications through March 14 for the inaugural 2014 Judith M. Wright Fellowship.  Established on the occasion of Ms. Wright’s retirement as the director of the D’Angelo Law Library in 2013, the Fellowship recognizes her 40 years of service to the University of Chicago Law School and her legacy as a mentor to generations of law librarians.

Judith Wright

Judith Wright

The Wright Fellowship will develop promising new professionals in academic law librarianship by supporting a career training program at the D’Angelo Law Library. It provides a stipend to a law school or library science student or recent graduate selected for training at the D’Angelo Law Library for a Fellowship each year. In 2014, the Wright Fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend for a minimum of six consecutive weeks of full-time work to occur between May 15 and September 15, 2014.

The Fellowship is intended to give candidates interested in law librarianship as a career an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in an academic law library setting. Fellows will work in the D’Angelo Law Library under the guidance and supervision of the Law Library Director and other librarians and will learn about the overall functions, policies, and practices of the D’Angelo Law Library in both technical services and user services departments.

The primary focus of the Fellow’s work will be determined by the interests and prior experience of the Fellow and the needs of the D’Angelo Law Library. In addition to participating in the daily work of a premier academic law library, Fellows will undertake and complete a project based in the needs and capabilities of the D’Angelo Law Library.

The project for Summer 2014 will be one of the following:

  1. Update research guides:  The D’Angelo Law Library reference staff maintains a wide range of electronic research guides on various legal topics, using the LibGuides electronic platform. (See D’Angelo Law Library Research Guides). Currency and relevance are essential if the guides are to be of maximum use to our patrons. The 2014 Fellow will update a number of these LibGuides, both as to appropriate content and currency. The number and topic of the guides to be updated will be determined by the Fellow and the Fellowship Coordinator during the first week of the Fellowship. To undertake this project, the Fellow must have completed or be in the process of completing his/her J.D. degree, in addition to the other qualifications required by the Fellowship description.
  2. Add citations to scholarly repository: The D’Angelo Law Library maintains a scholarship repository called Chicago Unbound, built on the BePress Digital Commons platform. Chicago Unbound contains the scholarship of current University of Chicago Law School faculty. Citations for the scholarship of historical Law School faculty have been added to the database underlying Chicago Unbound; these citations need to be reviewed for accuracy and completeness prior to being uploaded to Chicago Unbound. The Fellow will complete this review for certain historical faculty of the Law School, the names and number of those faculty members to be agreed upon by the Fellow and the Fellowship Coordinator during the first week of the Fellowship.
  3. Digitize alumni magazine articles and add them to scholarly repository: The University of Chicago Law School Record has been published since 1951. The publication has been digitized from the Spring 2008 issue forward. The D’Angelo Law Library would like to digitize the articles from all previous issues of the Record and make them available through Chicago Unbound, the Law School’s scholarship repository. The Fellow would undertake identifying the issues, scanning the article portions of the issues, creating an index, and adding them to the database underlying Chicago Unbound, so that they will appear in the repository.

For detailed information on eligibility, requirements, and how to apply, visit the Library website.

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