Since 2012, the law library has sponsored a fellow program which provides valuable training and experience to a newer librarian, and enables the library to pursue innovative projects. Such projects include the digitization of the David H. Getches Collection, a redesign of the law library website, the development of an online collection of Colorado Session Laws, and the creation of legal research guides. The fellow also contributes to the rich body of legal research instruction provided by the law library, and helps develop new pedagogical approaches.
Below you may find information about our past and current fellows, as well as a link to application information for the fellowship program at the Colorado Law William A. Wise Law Library.
Current Position: Digital Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School
Erik’s thought on his fellowship:
The Wise Law Library is really a special place for me. There is a culture of innovation and collaboration here that is unlike anywhere else in the country. I work on projects that are unique in the field of law librarianship. My co-workers are some of the smartest in the profession. Susan and the other directors are the best mentors anyone could ask for. Applying for the Wise Law Library Fellowship was probably the best career move I’ll ever make.
Current Position: Technology Innovation & Reference Librarian, University of Minnesota Law School
Scott’s thought on his fellowship:
It is increasingly difficult to find truly entry-level work in law libraries, and even more difficult to find an entry-level position that actually provides valuable experience in the field. That is what makes this fellowship such an incredible opportunity for new and aspiring law librarians. During my fellowship, I had the opportunity to be involved in the full range of roles law librarians take on, from reference and instruction to collection development to acquisitions to digitization projects. I was able to work under the mentorship of more senior librarians, while being treated as an equal contributor. It was perhaps not until I began searching for a new position at the end of the fellowship that I realized what a rich background of experience my fellowship provided me, and there is no doubt at all that I would never have been offered my current position without it. It's a rare and special program, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be a law librarian.
Future Position: Outreach Services Librarian, University of Kentucky College of Law
Amelia’s thought on her fellowship:
The fellowship is a great way to gain experience in law librarianship. The position is special because it’s flexible and able to be tailored to the fellow’s specific interests. There’s an opportunity for teaching legal research and working on special projects in addition to the opportunity to gain experience with reference services. The biggest benefit is the support for the fellow’s professional development. This isn’t just an opportunity to watch and learn, it’s the chance to learn by doing. The fellow takes an active role in the library’s operations and can gain experience in all aspects of the library.
You can find information about applying for the fellowship here. The application deadline for the fellowship for the 2016-17 year will be April 8, 2016; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please contact Nick Harrell, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.