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Research Services Fellow

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Research Services Fellow.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division University Libraries
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Yes
Salary Range 21.88 - 21.88
Pay Grade


Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Per the recent injunction issued to halt enforcement of the vaccine requirement for federal contractors that was included in Executive Order 14042, USM employees are no longer required to submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption at this time.

Review of applications will begin on Friday, December 17, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. A completed application will include a cover letter describing interest in the fellowship and career plans, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application; official transcripts are necessary for hire), and contact information for two professional references.

 Job Summary 
The Research Services Fellow is a 3-month grant-funded position as a member of a team responsible for providing instruction, general and specialized research assistance, outreach, and collection development services and reports to the Head of Public Services. Opportunities for Research Services Fellows may include delivery of live and asynchronous information literacy instruction, in-depth research consultations, and basic reference assistance at a service desk, as well as participation in collection development. Fellows will have opportunities to use the LibApps platform from Springshare, including LibGuides, LibAnswers, and LibInsight, as well as the Primo discovery service and Alma library management system from Ex Libris.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

1.  Provides instruction in the use of research resources through course-integrated instruction and drop-in workshops presented in person and online. Creates and maintains online tutorials and other instructional tools in assigned areas.

2.  Provides research assistance through individual research consultations, as well as providing reference and directional assistance to library users in person, by telephone, and via electronic communication methods. Creates and maintains online guides (e.g., LibGuides) and other research tools in assigned areas. Working evenings, weekends, and holidays in rotation with other Research Services Unit personnel may be required.

3.  Contributes to collection development for assigned areas. This may include resource selection or deselection.

4.  Participates in outreach initiatives that seek to engage faculty and students with library resources and services. May participate in library programs that support digital humanities, open access, and research data management within the scope of evolving library services.

5.  Becomes familiar with scholarship, professional development, and service activities that are typical of a faculty member.

6.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Ability to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or to have an approved legal exemption and/or accommodation on file with Human Resources prior to your anticipated start date. 
Master of library and information science (MLIS) from the University of Southern Mississippi and conferred in May 2021, December 2021, or May 2022.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of individuals.
Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays in rotation with other Research Services Unit personnel.
Preferred Qualifications  
Applicants with less library work experience are preferred, as this fellowship is a learning opportunity. (Library work experience is not a disqualifier.)
Applicants with career goals in academic library research services are preferred.
Knowledge of library instruction, as may be evidenced by successful completion of LIS 590 – Library Instruction.
Knowledge of online resources, as may be evidenced by successful completion of LIS 656 – Online Information Retrieval.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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