2010-2011 Jacyk Fellowship Program

There is presently no call for applications. Below is the description for our last fellowship offered in 2010-2011. We hope to renew the program in 2013-2014.

Institution:      University of Toronto Libraries

Project:           Ukrainian Displaced Persons' Press, 1945-1954: An Annotated Bibliography

Job Title:        Petro Jacyk Library Fellow

Availability:    2010-2011 (4 to 5 month tenure)


Duties and Responsibilities:  The University of Toronto Libraries, the largest university library in Canada and the fourth largest in North America, has a Slavic and East European collection of over 600,000 volumes.  The collection is located primarily in Robarts Library and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, with the remainder housed in several specialized collections on campus.

The University of Toronto Library's extensive collection of Ukrainian publications from Displaced Persons' camps was assembled principally by the late John Luczkiw (1923-1974), a prominent University of Toronto alumnus and a former World War II refugee.  He was born in Western Ukraine, and immigrated to Germany where he pursued his studies, and then came to Canada in 1950.  His family donated the collection to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto in 1982.  Over the years the collection has been supplemented by gifts by other donors from the greater Toronto area.  The collection consists of over 5,000 titles (including 400 serials) published in Ukrainian displaced persons' camps in Germany and Austria after World War II.

Reporting to the Slavic Resources Coordinator, University of Toronto Libraries, and the Assistant Director, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Petro Jacyk Library Fellow will prepare for publication an annotated bibliography to the Luczkiw Collection's holdings of displaced persons' press (bulletins, periodicals, newspapers, calendars, etc.).  For each title, the Fellow will describe the bibliographic data, supply relevant holdings information, provide a concise summary of its contents, and critically assess its scholarly or research value, in terms of the publisher, editor(s), and contributing authors.


About the Petro Jacyk Library Fellowship:  The Petro Jacyk Library Fellowship allows information specialists from Ukraine to spend several months in Canada and learn about Canadian librarianship within the setting of a major Canadian research university.  The Fellow observes how an academic library operates, and receives hands-on experience on projects developed in areas of their interest: acquisitions, bibliography, cataloguing, research services, or archival science.

Besides meeting and working with information professionals at the University of Toronto Libraries, the Petro Jacyk Library Fellow will have the opportunity to be introduced to and to meet with faculty of academic departments affiliated with Ukrainian studies.  Visits will also be arranged for the Fellow to meet with other scholars and librarians working in Ukrainian cultural institutions within the greater Toronto area.

The fellowship is aimed at middle-level career archivists and librarians from Ukraine with excellent knowledge of English, but is also open to information professionals working with Ukrainian archival and library collections elsewhere.

To support their stay at the University of Toronto, the Petro Jacyk Library Fellow is provided with a stipend of $1,500.00 CDN per month to cover the cost of housing and other related living expenses. In addition to the stipend, the award covers the cost of round-trip travel to Toronto (at APEX rates).

The typical length of stay is four months.


Qualifications:  MLS degree and minimum of 2 years related cataloging experience, or equivalent education/experience.  Experience in cataloging Ukrainian or other Slavic materials desirable, working knowledge of cataloging rules and practices (AACR2, LC Rule Interpretations, LC Subject Headings, and MARC21 bibliographic and holdings formats); fluent Ukrainian and English; demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software; facility with electronic information resources; working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.

Some acquaintance with special collections technical services issues, either through education or experience, preferred; additional languages helpful; experience with Sirsi Workflows or other integrated on-line library systems, and OCLC desirable.  Effective verbal and written communications skills; excellent analytical, organizational, time, and project management skills; ability to work as a team member and independently.  The work associated with this fellowship may be performed in a workroom and involves the ability to work at a computer for long periods, to move books from shelves to book trucks and vice versa, and to tolerate normal library allergens.

Apply:  Applicants should supply the Slavic Resources Coordinator with a completed application form (Application 2010-2011 Word.pdf ; Application 2010-2011 Word.doc) along with:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • short statement of purpose (1000 words) on why the project is of interest and why the candidate would like to visit the University of Toronto
  • and two letters of reference from their supervisor and/or library colleagues

Applicants may submit the supporting documentation electronically or by fax, however the originals of two letters of reference must also be sent by mail.  The deadline for applications is April 16, 2010.

 Contact information:
Ksenya Kiebuzinski
Slavic Resources Co-ordinator, and
Head, Petro Jacyk Central and East European Resource Centre
University of Toronto Libraries
130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 1A5  CANADA
Tel:       (416) 978-4826; (416) 978-1288
Fax:      (416) 971-2636