OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is currently seeking candidates for a Diversity Fellowship Program (Research) position at our Dublin, Ohio office. OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs.  Tens of thousands of libraries around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.



The research fellow has the opportunity to work on two OCLC Research projects.

  1. The Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR) project is exploring how to facilitate the reuse of digital data and collections (www.dipir.org).  The DIPIR team has partnered with the Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ), and Open Context to study data reuse by quantitative social scientists, zoologists, and archaeologists to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved. 
  2. Our work in the Metadata Support & Management area is focused on setting new expectations for investing in metadata creation and maintenance, modeling attendant workflows and facilitating the discovery of research institutions' resources by users wherever they are. Our goal is to engage OCLC Research Library partners and OCLC member libraries in adapting descriptive practice to economic realities, user expectations and the requirements of network-level services.

Working on two projects in OCLC Research from Summer 2012-Summer 2013, our intent is to provide the Diversity Fellow with a rich learning experience in three of the six activities supported by OCLC research – User Behavior Studies and Synthesis, Research Information Management, and Metadata Support & Management.  Working on the three projects, the Diversity Fellow will participate in both research and software development. 


The Diversity Fellow will have an opportunity to assist in several ongoing research tasks for the DIPIR project. Professional Development opportunities include:

The Diversity Fellow also will have the opportunity to assist in several ongoing software development tasks for the Metadata Support & Management activity, which includes WorldCat log analysis and bibliographic record data mining. Professional Development opportunities include:

Since both projects collaborate with people in other OCLC divisions, as well as external institutions, we also see an opportunity for the Diversity Fellow to engage with a variety of people that extends beyond OCLC Research to OCLC’s product area, the academy, and the designated communities of users each project intends to serve.


Salary and Benefits 

Required Submissions


OCLC Candidate Profile 


Create your candidate profile at the OCLC Career Center Internet site.  Once you select to apply for the OCLC Diversity Fellowship opening, you will be asked the following questions: 



Provide an original essay (to be submitted as part of your resume file) of no more than 1,000 words describing why you want to participate in the OCLC Diversity Fellowship Program, and how the experience will contribute to your short-term and long-term career plans.  The essay should also demonstrate insight into the problems and opportunities surrounding diversity and inclusion in the library workforce.


Letters of Recommendation


Two persons (unrelated to you) will need to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf directly o:  [log in to unmask]  Letters of recommendation MUST be sent separately via e-mail from the recommender’s e-mail account (applicants cannot submit the letters).  Recommenders should state how long they have known you and in what capacity, discuss evidence of your commitment to professional development and service, and give an assessment of your promise as a developing professional. 


Application Procedures


Application is initiated by applying to the specific fellowship requisition at the OCLC Career Center Internet site, www.oclc.jobs, where you will need to create an OCLC candidate profile.  The OCLC Diversity Fellowship (Research) Job ID number is 2045.  Note:  If you have created an OCLC candidate profile in the past, please do not create a duplicate profile.




If you are applying for multiple OCLC positions, you only need to create one OCLC candidate profile, but you must apply towards each particular position via your candidate profile. 

The application initiation and all required submissions (original essay and two letters of recommendation) MUST be completed and received by Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 5:00pm ET.  Materials received after Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 5:00pm ET will not be considered.


Timeline and Key Dates

2012 Program Applications Accepted (Dec. 5, 2011 to February 28, 2012)

2012 Application Deadline (February 28, 2012)

2012 Fellow Selection Process (April 2012)

2012 Notification of Decision (April/May 2012)

2012 Fellowship Program Starts (July 2012)

2012 Fellowship Program Ends (12 months after start date)


The OCLC Diversity Fellowship Program 2012 Program Guidelines document can be found at:



OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  OCLC maintains an ongoing commitment to equal opportunity and seeks to sustain a diverse workplace. 



The following skills are required to accomplish the projects/tasks across the two projects.

The following skills are preferred:

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research, will be attending the ALISE and ALA Midwinter Conferences in Dallas, TX January 17-23, if anyone is interested in learning more about the position.


Lynn Silipigni Connaway

Senior Research Scientist

OCLC Research

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Cell: 303-246-3623

Fax: 614-718-7378