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Louise Parker Berry Fellowship January 25, 2007

Posted by L Wolfe in Student Stuff.

The Darien Library in Darien, CT is now accepting applications for the Louise Parker Berry Fellowship.

In 2004 the Board of Trustees of the Darien Library announced the formation of a Fellowship to celebrate Louise Berry’s twenty-five years as Director. The Fellowship provides a succession of two-year full-salaried positions for recent Master in Library Science recipients who

  • demonstrate exemplary scholarship
  • show significant leadership promise
  • can be expected to extend the ideals that Louise Berry has championed throughout her career — fairness, friendship, overwhelmingly high standards of personal ethics, and a constant desire to provide library service to patrons and community beyond their expectations.

Selection Process
The Fellowship will be open to 2007 recipients of an MLS from an accredited Library School in the United States.
Selection criteria will include:

  • Demonstrated scholarship
  • Leadership promise
  • Strong personal qualities

Applications will be due April 6, 2007. After initial screening, interviews for finalists will be held at a mutually convenient time and place, and the finalist will be invited to visit Darien Library for a meeting with the Fellowship Committee prior to appointment.

The successful applicant will be employed at Darien Library for two years, commencing approximately September 1, 2007, with a final employment date of August 31, 2009.

The Fellow will be paid the Connecticut Library Association MLS minimum salary for entry-level positions (for 2007: $47,873), full benefits, paid membership in CLA and ALA, funding for attendance at the American Library Association Annual Meeting and other meetings as appropriate.

Position Parameters
The Fellow will be given specific, defined, high-stakes projects and responsibilities that will provide experience, growth and challenges in the following areas

  • Personnel and budget responsibility
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Outreach to defined areas of the community.
  • Continuing education, professional development and support
  • Access to the latest technology and participation in maintaining the Library’s leadership
  • Experience with a nationally-recognized new building project

Louise Berry will be the Fellow’s mentor. For more information.

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