How to apply
The residency period is from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. The dates are flexible; proposals which include alternative start dates and those of different duration will also be considered.
The Researcher-in-Residence program began in January 2017 and Concordia has since welcomed three researchers whose presence have enriched the Library and university community. More information can be found on the Concordia website. For the 2021-2022 Researcher-in-Residence program, Concordia Library invites proposals relating to any of the Library’s strategic plan goals as well as the following themes:
- The role of the library in a next-generation university
- The role of the library in the digital humanities
- Collection development in an increasingly connected world
- Use of space for learning and research
- Digital literacy
- Digital curation
- Communication and outreach to users
- Open education resources, open scholarship
- Efficacy of library instruction
- Professional development and capacity building of library staff
Researchers and practitioners from library and information studies, as well as other disciplines (e.g., anthropology, computer science, education, informatics, media studies, sociology) are welcome to apply.
As part of the program, Concordia Library will provide:
- Dedicated workspace in Concordia Library
- Access to computing facilities
- Access to library resources, print and electronic collections, and technological infrastructure
- Opportunities for the Researcher-in-Residence to interact with Concordia Library staff
- Other types of in-kind support may be made available
In return, the Researcher-in-Residence is expected to participate in the intellectual life of Concordia Library. This participation may take various forms, including:
- Presenting research in progress to staff
- Providing learning opportunities in the form of seminars or workshops for a campus or library audience on topics related to their own expertise
- Participating in selected activities in Concordia Library, depending upon the relevance to their research, their expertise, and interest. Such activities include:
- Committee meetings
- Special events
- Brown bag talks, seminars, round tables, or other information sessions
- Concordia Library Research Forum
- Meeting individually with librarians and library staff (e.g., office hour drop-ins, or by appointment)
- For a current PhD student, postdoctoral fellow, or independent scholar, a stipend of $20,000, plus up to $2,500 for travel/research expenses
- For a faculty member (professor or librarian) on sabbatical leave, research funds of up to $20,000 (budget required)
PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and full-time members of academic staff are eligible to apply. The proposed research should make a contribution to the knowledge base of librarianship, libraries, or information studies. Professors and librarians preparing for a sabbatical are encouraged to apply.
Application and instructions
Applications should include information about the applicant, including the expertise brought to the program:
- Letter of intent, including:
- a description of study / project proposal
- proposed in-library activities (outline of activities to be undertaken during the period of residency)
- proposed research outputs
- Curriculum vitae
- Short biography (100 words)
- For all applicants not on sabbatic leave, two letters of recommendation should be supplied. For doctoral students, one of these should be from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor. Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically directly by the referee.
- For members of academic staff on sabbatic leave, a budget should also be included.
Submissions will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of the University Librarian and four librarians using these criteria:
- Quality and originality of the proposed research project
- Demonstrated ability to complete the proposed project based on previous accomplishments
- Significance of the proposed research for librarianship, libraries, or information studies
The application process opens January 11, 2021.
The deadline for receiving the complete application and letters of recommendation is March 19, 2021 by 5:00 PM EDT. Applications may be submitted in either English or French.
Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file to Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian, Planning & Community Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of the successful candidate will be given in April 2021.