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University Libraries - Cooper-Davis Fellowship

Cooper-Davis Fellowship for Under-Represented Groups in Librarianship

Co-sponsored by Thomas Cooper Library and the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia

The Cooper-Davis Fellow receives training and mentoring to serve as an active participant in departments throughout Thomas Cooper Library and the other USC, Columbia University Libraries. The Fellow rotates on a semester basis through public services, technical services, and collection development, gaining practical experience in many facets of librarianship.


• Up to $7,000 stipend (earned through hourly wage, $14/hr)
• $1,000 academic scholarship and a special tuition reduction
• Opportunity to have practicing librarians serve as references for job searches
• Professional experience in a major research library


•  Be fully admitted to the master’s program in SLIS
•  Take a minimum of six graduate hours per semester
•  Be a member of an under-represented group in librarianship and a U.S. citizen
•  Be able to work 15 hours per week for forty weeks in the University Libraries


Marilyn Green

Bethany McGowan 

Librarian/Allied Health Informationist,
Howard University, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library

The Cooper-Davis Fellowship helped me find the aspects of librarianship that interested me the most and let me act on those interests. It significantly improved my understanding of library and information science principles, allowing me to actually practice the concepts I was learning in library school. Receiving the fellowship was a doorway to other experiences that I had not previously considered. The library experience and training I received from the fellowship made me a much stronger, morecompetitive candidate and significantly improved my success in job searching.The tuition subsidy and scholarship portion of the fellowship were extremely helpful financially.


Marilyn GreenMarilyn Green

Staff Development Coordinator, Richland County Public Library

“I attribute my library career successes to the experiences I had during the Cooper-Davis Fellowship. Those experiences gave me a well-rounded picture of the inner workings and major functions of a library that otherwise I would never have gotten. I learned that while I enjoyed every bit of it, I also discovered what I loved most. I was a better job applicant because my resume was stronger, my library education and training was more rounded, and my insight into departmental issues was relevant and practical.”


Gerald B. MooreGerald B. Moore

Branch Manager, Cooper River Memorial Branch Library

"The Cooper-Davis Fellowship provided me with an awesome library life-learning experience.  I gained a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of library work and experienced first hand the daily intricacies involved in creating a successful library operation.  The greatest benefit for me was to enter the job market with a variety of much-coveted learned job skills both from the Public Services and  Technical Services sectors of librarianship.  It gave me an assured marketability in an already competitive field."


Crystal JohnsonCrystal Johnson

Information Services Librarian, Richland County Public Library

“I was so honored to be awarded the Cooper-Davis Fellowship in the fall of 2005. Before the Fellowship, I worked in a library for three years but this position really introduced me to professional librarianship. The skills I acquired from the Fellowship are so valuable because they can be used in any library setting.


To apply for Fellowship or if you have questions about the Fellowship experience please contact Brent Appling, Research & Instruction Librarian,, 803-777-0994.