#323 PreDoctoral Research Assistant - Advancing Library Visibility in Africa - Spring 2019Apply to Position
Location: The Information School, UW
Start Date: 2019-03-16
End Date: 2019-06-15
Deadline to Apply: Jan 25, 2019
Public libraries and development organizations share many common goals that make them ideal partners. Both groups seek to build strong community partnerships as they implement educational programs, expand access to information and communication technologies, support individuals to pursue new economic opportunities, and much more. In spite of these commonalities, libraries are often overlooked as development partners. This is often the result of a perception problem - libraries are not framing their own work in terms of development, and development organizations therefore do not see the potential value in partnerships. The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) in the Information School is currently beginning a project, Advancing Library Visibility in Africa (ALVA) that asks how public libraries across sub-Saharan Africa can respond to this perception problem, to demonstrate their potential value as development partners. What data should libraries be collecting about themselves, so that they can think more strategically and critically about their role in development? To answer this question TASCHA will carry out qualitative interviews with actors in both the development and library sectors across several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Responsibilities may include some or all of the following duties:
TASCHA is currently seeking a UW Ph.D. student to support this research. The student will work closely with TASCHA researchers on all steps of the project, from project conceptualization to carrying out interviews and analysis. The ideal candidate will have experience in qualitative research and interest in gaining additional experience within an ongoing project. Tasks will be determined by the needs of the project, but may include:
• Work with project PI to finalize research instruments (i.e., interview scripts)
• Perform literature reviews
• Perform semi-structured interviews
• Perform qualitative analysis of interview scripts
We would like a candidate interested in taking ownership of parts of the project, and growing alongside it. There may be opportunities to co-author journal manuscripts and conference papers as a result of this involvement.
The initial term of this position is for one quarter, with the possibility for summer and fall quarter employment. Additional funding may become available at a later date.
● Ph.D. student enrolled at the University of Washington during winter to spring quarter 2019
● Enrolled for a minimum of 10 credits during winter quarter
● Demonstrated experience carrying out qualitative research in the social sciences
● Familiarity with research design and qualitative methods
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills
● Ability to take initiative and work independently
● Familiarity with social science research on development
● Familiarity with the library sector
● Experience working with development agencies
● Experience performing fieldwork in the Global South
Questions regarding compensation or benefits should be directed to iSchool Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please submit all application materials no later than Jan 25, 2019 to ensure consideration.
All applicants will be contacted two weeks after the position closes.
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The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.