John A. Lowe III '73 Special Collections Fellowship

Applications are currently closed; applications for the 2020-2021 Fellowship will be available in early spring.

With support from alumnus John A. Lowe III, Williams Libraries is launching a new Fellowship program. The John A. Lowe III ’73 Special Collections Fellowship is designed to promote diversity in the library profession by introducing recent Williams graduates from underrepresented groups to a career in Special Collections librarianship.

The Fellowship is a one-year position at Williams Libraries. During their year fellows are introduced to a wide variety of professional activities in archives and rare book libraries, to professional development opportunities, and (optionally) to developing a portfolio for application to a graduate program in Library Science or an allied profession.

Eligibility: The Fellowships are awarded to applicants from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, those who are first-generation college graduates, or disabled individuals.

Applicants must be a recent Williams graduate, having completed their bachelors degree within the previous five years. In your application, address what interests you about a career in Special Collections or Rare Book Librarianship, or Archives.

Terms: In addition to salary and benefits, the Library will provide professional support including career mentorship, and an annual allowance of $2,000 for professional development expenses.


  • Performs outreach and serves as a liaison to Campus student groups.
  • Assists in the preparation of exhibitions using rare and special collections.
  • Assists Special Collections staff by researching complex reference queries.
  • Surveys Special Collections materials to provide a baseline level of intellectual and physical control. Rehouses material as appropriate. Rearranges material as appropriate. Creates records in ArchivesSpace and Alma that adhere to national standards.
  • Assists in the maintenance of order of collections by accurately and efficiently shelving and retrieving material from the stacks.  
  • With guidance from professional librarians and archivists, explores their interest in a career as a librarian or archivist.
  • Participate in committees, task forces, or other groups, to develop professionally and contribute to the management of Williams Libraries.