Sunday, March 10, 2013

Life Sciences Librarian & Instruction Coordinator

Albert R. Mann Library, part of the Cornell University Library (CUL), is looking for a service oriented, creative, technically skilled professional who thrives in an innovative work environment and is energized by the opportunity to lead the library’s information literacy program.  Candidates should also have a strong background and interest in the life sciences in order to develop and implement highly effective services in support of Cornell’s talented and ambitious undergraduate life sciences students.  Working on a team of 15 colleagues who make up the Mann Library Services and Collections librarians, the Instruction Coordinator/Undergraduate Life Sciences Librarian will have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the overall public services program at Mann Library.  The librarian in this position will also play a key role on the campus-wide information literacy team, which is embarking on a new initiative to build the CUL campus-wide information literacy program as part of the implementation of the Cornell University Library 2011-2015 strategic plan.  

Instruction Coordinator/Undergraduate Life Sciences Librarian will:
  • Provide leadership and planning for the Mann Library instruction/information literacy program in response to College learning outcomes and evolving needs.
  • Work with Mann Learning Technologies and Assessment Librarian to develop pedagogically rich tools and learning experiences to enhance information literacy programs.
  • Serve as lead instructor for undergraduate life sciences information literacy programs, including partnering with faculty to integrate information literacy competencies into the undergraduate biology, agriculture and environmental sciences curricula.
  • Develop and provide innovative information services for the undergraduate life sciences community.
  • Serve as part of the team at Mann delivering general information services to the Cornell community, including reference and consulting services and instruction in information management. 
Required Qualifications:
  • Subject degree or work experience in the life sciences.
  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library, Information Science, Education, or equivalent graduate degree.
  • Strong interest in working with undergraduates.
  • Outstanding teaching skills. 
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, and ability to work independently and collaboratively. 
  • Commitment to professional development.
  • Interest or experience in information sciences and/or social media. 
  • Work experience in an academic setting, and/or instructional experience, especially in the area of information literacy or e-learning approaches. 

Albert R. Mann Library  has a long commitment to providing innovative information services.  The Library’s world-renowned collection of life sciences, agricultural and related social sciences materials serves the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Human Ecology, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  Mann Library is an integral part of the Cornell University Library.  The recently renovated building is the vibrant hub for our primary Colleges and includes a recently updated collaborative learning space.  We provide leadership in the library community through projects such as VIVO ( ), the USDA Economics, Statistics, and Market Information System (, the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (, and the TEEAL ( and Research4Life ( programs which provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content.

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 over 2,700 faculty members and nearly 21,600 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.  The Cornell University Library is a vigorous professional organization with a strong track record in innovation and service quality.  It contains nearly 8 million printed volumes, 99,000 current serials in print or online, over 650,000 additional networked electronic resources, and rich materials in other formats.  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: Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references at this website: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

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