Princeton University Library Department of Research Services UAF

Fellowship Description

The Research Services department of the Princeton University Library provides front-line support for Princeton researchers at all levels from first-year undergraduate students to graduate students to post-doctoral researchers and faculty members.

The UAF would begin by exploring the range of research services provided by the department through background reading and interviews with librarians and staff. The UAF would attend a number of library affinity group meetings. Once the UAF has surveyed and reviewed the range of library services being provided, they would choose two services to explore in more detail. They would interview and shadow a few librarians and secure feedback from relevant library patrons, and experience how research consultations are conducted. The UAF would then summarize their observations in use cases for showcasing on the library website.

The UAF would propose a small action-research project to build on their individual academic interests and connect with the library’s collections and services. For example, the UAF might find trends in incoming requests for library assistance through our chat and email reference portal. At the end of the project, the UAF would present their observations and reflections to library staff.

Many librarians have chosen librarianship as an alternative to traditional tenure-track faculty career paths. They find that serving researchers as part of a research library can be extremely rewarding and interesting work. We would offer the fellow the opportunity to get to know the daily experience of librarianship.

UAF Mentor

Anu Vedantham *94, SPIA
Assistant University Librarian for Teaching, Research and Social Sciences and Liaison for Indigenous Studies

Dr. Anu Vedantham is the Assistant University Librarian for Research Services, Teaching, and Social Sciences at Princeton. She joined the University in 2019 as the Assistant University Librarian for Research Services. She leads the Research Services (RS) department in the Scholarly Collections and Research Services (SC&RS) division, and guides support for the social sciences, sciences and engineering as well as general research assistance and scholarly communications.

Current and Former Princeton University Library Fellows

Annemarie Iker, GS, ART
University Administrative Fellow

"Over a single semester, I had the opportunity to learn about different divisions in academic libraries, from scholarly collections and research services to special collections and information technology... Now, because of the University Administrative Fellowship, I have a much better sense of day-to-day work in research libraries and of ongoing developments in librarianship."

Lisa Kraege, GS, ENG
University Administrative Fellow

"I'm a University Administrative Fellow with the Research Services department at the Library. I'm excited to learn about the inner workings of the library and how the librarians work with scholars and students to further their own work. I was drawn to the UAF program precisely because it offers the chance to combine professional experience with academic experience--it's really geared towards students."

Deborah Schlein *19, NES
Near Eastern Studies Librarian, Princeton University Library

"As a graduate student I was a University Administrative Fellow in Special Collections at the University Library. As an alum and now a staff member at Princeton, I serve as a GradFUTURES mentor to graduate students. My connections with GradFUTURES came about because I was looking for a space where I could learn and grow my interests in seeking a job outside of the professor track. GradFUTURES offers this and more to its graduate students."