Thursday, January 24, 2008

Public Services Librarian

The Johnson Graduate School of Management Library partners with Johnson School students and faculty in support of their curricular and research endeavors in the business disciplines. The Management Library provides extensive access to electronic business and financial information. In addition to supporting the research interests of the Johnson school, the Library supports members of the University community in their investigation of business and management literature and in their access to business information and data. The library staff includes three librarians, a reference specialist, a circulation supervisor, 3.5 library assistants and 18 part time student employees. The library is located in recently renovated Sage Hall with the Johnson Graduate School of Management, a premier graduate business school. There are approximately 60 faculty, 20 adjunct or visiting faculty, 40 doctoral students, 589 residential MBA students, 246 Executive MBA distance education students, and more than 10,000 alumni.

The Director and Public Services Librarians share professional assignments in instruction, reference, faculty outreach, and World Wide Web development. The person in this position is expected to enhance his/her instruction and reference skills in order to assume programmatic responsibilities in instruction and reference; to partner with the research community and to facilitate research efforts through instruction and consultation; to actively contribute to goal setting and long term planning for the department; to participate in Web development work and external communications; and to contribute to University Library professional committees and the profession at large.

Position Description: This position includes extensive instruction and reference responsibilities in a complex research oriented environment. Instruction responsibilities are shared among members of the department’s instruction team. A capstone of the library instruction program is classroom-integrated instruction in the core curriculum. This position helps deliver external communications, primarily via the Web; contributes to the selection, access and dissemination of electronic resources and traditional collections; participates in outreach activities with selected Library and Johnson School offices; and cultivates professional development opportunities by contributing to the institution and the profession at large. Some evening and weekend hours are regularly scheduled; flexibility is assumed. The Public Services Librarian is a member of the Management Library’s management team. Expect to hire at the rank of Assistant Librarian or Sr. Assistant Librarian. Assistant Librarian rank is entry level for academic librarians with less than 5 years of professional experience.
Responsibilities and Duties:

Instruction and Outreach:
· Work with the Instruction Team to design, teach and evaluate instruction sessions.
· Work with faculty to develop curriculum-specific instruction programs and coordinate reference support for large classroom assignments. Help facilitate cross-campus business reference interests and activities.
· Participate in the design, production and maintenance of the library’s web work and other external means of communication.
· Participate in outreach to faculty, departments in the Johnson School, other campus libraries and University offices.

· Provide reference service at regularly scheduled shifts. Help develop consultation services to support in-depth research endeavors.
· Work with the department head to develop the Library's collections, particularly in the area of electronic access.

Other Duties:
· Participate in the Department’s long range planning efforts including goal setting, problem solving, and prioritizing of projects. Actively participate in the department’s management team.
· Participate in Johnson School planning endeavors that impact the Library.
· Participate in the selection and hiring of staff.

Professional Development/Continuing Education:
· Participate in Cornell University Library committee work and develop leadership efforts in the same.
· Undertake course work and workshops related to improvement of job knowledge/skills.
· Contribute to the profession at large by assuming leadership positions in professional associations and/or contributing to the expansion of knowledge through professional writing and presentations.

Required Qualifications: MLS or graduate degree in related field. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and presentation skills. Ability to interact and work with a diverse range of people including graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, staff and librarians; positive customer service orientation. Experience with business application software including MS Excel and MS Word.

Desired Qualifications: Business research experience (2-3 years). Teaching experience (1-2 years). Experience with print and electronic business and financial information services. Experience designing Web pages. Course work in business or relevant social science disciplines.

Background: Cornell University is an Ivy League comprehensive research university located in Ithaca in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and university offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The university comprises 14 schools with 2600 faculty members and 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The Cornell University Library is a vigorous professional organization of 468 staff with a strong track record in innovation and service quality. It consists of 20 libraries, including a nearby high-density storage facility with a capacity of 6.8 million volumes. It contains nearly 8 million printed volumes, 62,000 current serials, 378,000 networked electronic resources, and rich materials in other formats. Ranking 9th among 113 North American academic library members of the Association of Research Libraries, the Library was a recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Application Procedure: Applications requested by February 29, 2008. To apply for this position go to, search under the job category of Librarians, and select posting number 08046. Follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

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