Law library fellowship opportunity

The Cornell Law Library is now accepting applications for the Bitner Research Fellowship.

The Bitner Research Fellowship for foreign law librarians offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience American law librarianship, learn the American legal system, and network with professional librarians to create life-lasting personal and professional connections. Intended to foster professional development, the fellowship is tailored to each fellow's area of interest. Bitner Research Fellows are provided with exposure to Cornell Law Library's excellent resources, and the expertise of its professional librarians, while learning about advanced legal research in a global context. Fellows are selected by the library education committee based upon the current needs of Cornell Law Library and upon the eligibility guidelines set forth below.


The Fellowship is made possible through an endowment in honour of the late Professor Harry Bitner, Cornell Law Librarian (1965-76) by his family, Lorraine and Richard Gilden.

Fellows will be provided with meals and lodging for the duration of the Fellowship and will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $2,000.


1. Applicants must be current law librarians with an MLIS or equivalent graduate degree and a JD from an ABA accredited law school or foreign equivalent (or a minimum of 5 years’ experience in law libraries in lieu of a JD); and

2. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years’ professional library experience.


1. Applicants must commit to a minimum of one week of full time service to Cornell Law Library (maximum 2 weeks);

2. Applications shall consist of a cover letter/statement of interest, resume, project proposal, and three professional references;

3. Candidates being considered will be contacted for an interview; and

4. At the end of the fellowship, fellows shall submit a final report or complete a previously agreed upon project.


The Fellowship is available during the fall semester of 2014 or the spring semester of 2015, with some flexibility. To submit an application, or for more information, please contact Amy Emerson, Associate Director for Administration & Access Services, via email at All applications must be submitted in full by Friday, August 2, 2014. Please indicate preferred time frame for completing the fellowship.


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