Learn more about libraries and librarianship as a career by becoming a Provost's Fellow in the University Libraries.

The Provost’s Fellowship in Information Science at University Libraries provides outstanding CU Boulder graduate students at the master’s and PhD levels with the opportunity to expand their understanding of libraries’ and librarians’ roles in the evolving information ecosystem. From data curation, to archival management, to information literacy, librarians are organizing, preserving and providing access to information in ever-changing formats. Over the course of the spring semester, fellows will work with library faculty to explore the intersections of people, technology and information.

In conjunction with the Center for Teaching & Learning, the University Libraries will be offering Provost's Fellowships to graduate students for the spring semester. The Fellowship must begin in spring semester, but work can continue into the summer.

Fellows are awarded $3,000 for 150 hours of participation in the program that pairs them with a Library Faculty Mentor. Up to four fellows are funded each year. Fellows receive the stipend upon completion of the 150 hours. Fellows receive the stipend upon completion of the 150 hours. Funding for this program is generously provided by the  Friends of the Libraries and the Provost and the Dean of the Graduate School, and those who complete all requirements will be awarded the CTL Future Faculty Development Certificate.


Applicants are welcome to submit original project ideas or develop a project based on the ideas submitted by librarians. Librarians and fellows will work together to shape the projects to fit the Libraries’ and fellows’ interests and needs. Below are the librarians’ proposed projects from 2018:

  • Comprising bibliographies of women in philosophy and reviewing the Libraries’ collection. All skills and experience are welcome.

  • Developing a curriculum and assembling Shakespeare traveling school kits that will be shared among K-12 teachers in the Boulder Valley School District. Requires skills in curriculum planning, K-12 outreach and/or curriculum and literacy instruction.

  • Working with Government Information, Earth Sciences & Maps Library and Preservation to preserve and locate U.S. government maps for instruction and exhibits. Critical thinking and good organizational skills are required, and coursework or experience with government information, preservation, conservation or maps would be helpful.

  • Working with the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship’s (CRDDS) to create asynchronous learning opportunities, like instructional video tutorials on a research methodology or video recordings of their workshops. Skills and experience in video production and editing are required.

  • Developing and leading assessment of the Norlin Commons’ pilot Multimedia Equipment Lending Library (MELL), and teaching librarians how to incorporate equipment into the Libraries’ instruction sessions. Requires experience using audio, photography and/or video equipment, plus coursework or experience in qualitative methodologies would be useful.

  • Assisting Metadata Services to catalog the Historical Educational Tests Collection by learning cataloging standards and tools. Requires skills in locating and analyzing information and attention to detail.

  • A sample complete project is Eben Yonnetti, a master’s student in religious studies, who generated bibliographic entries for over 600 volumes of Tibetan-language materials that have been donated to Norlin Library by the Tsadra Foundation.


Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time CU Boulder graduate student in good standing during the same academic term

  • ​​Have not previously earned a graduate degree in library science

Application Documents Required

  • Fellowship Application Form, open 10/15/2019

  • Departmental Approval Form

  • Curriculum Vitae & current CU transcript (photocopies OK)

  • Submit a record of participation in CTL (formerly GTP) activities

  • A letter of application that addresses your interest in exploring the intersection of people, technology and information.

Submit all materials to Halley Todd using the contact information below by November 15th, 2019.

Please note:

The application will open October 14th, 2019 and close November 15th, 2019. Finalists will be interviewed by the Libraries’ faculty members from mid- to late November into early December. The 2019 Fellows will be announced in December 2019 or early 2020.


Halley Todd, Business Research and Instruction Librarian

William M. White Business Library, 184 UCB, University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO 80309-0184

Email: Halley.Todd@colorado.edu