Sunday, May 26, 2013

Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning Services

The Cornell University Library (CUL) stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep network of digital resources. Its impact reaches beyond campus boundaries with initiatives that extend the university’s land-grant mission to a global focus.

The Library seeks a creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative Associate University Librarian (AUL) to lead, develop and enhance forward-looking and innovative public services. Reporting directly to the University Librarian and serving as a member of the Library’s Executive Group, the AUL provides vision and leadership for teaching, student learning, research, outreach, and access services to support the evolving needs of the Cornell community. The AUL supervises six senior library directors who comprise the Library Directors’ Management Team and provides overall direction to 100+ academic librarians and staff members in the sixteen libraries on the Ithaca campus. CUL’s virtual and physical libraries offer extensive holdings and knowledgeable professionals embedded in various schools and/or departments throughout the campus.

In a work environment where cross-unit collaboration is expected, the AUL works closely with other AULs and the University Librarian to plan, evaluate, set strategic directions and priorities for the library; sponsors projects and initiatives, such as discovery and access systems; and develops partnership programs within and beyond Cornell. The AUL strengthens library relationships with deans, vice-provosts, and other administrators involved in academic services throughout the university. This includes areas such as undergraduate research initiatives, new student reading projects, virtual library services, and planning for library and information services at the Cornell NYC Tech campus, which will be fully operational by 2017. The successful candidate will have the privilege of working with creative, energetic, and dedicated staff and will enjoy the benefits of contributing to a unique Ivy league/land-grant institution set in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

  • Creates a shared vision and facilitates the implementation of a comprehensive suite of programs and services to enhance library instruction, scholarly research, liaison activities, and outreach services to meet varying user needs and disciplinary differences;
  • Provides leadership in developing and evaluating public service policies and programs;
  • Facilitates a collaborative process to explore, develop, implement, and refine innovative service models;
  • As a member of the Library Executive Group, develops and implements library priorities that align with the mission and vision of the university, and serves as an advocate for the needs of the academic community;
  • Leads public services with a collaborative and open approach;
  • Mentors and provides professional development opportunities for academic librarians and staff members;
  • Strategically engages in campus-wide initiatives, consortial partnerships, and regional, state, national and international organizations and fosters new partnerships in support of the Library’s goal to expand the Library’s reach through public engagement


Minimum of five years of proven leadership in managing units, departments, teams and projects in an academic research library with a focus on the delivery of public services;

Proven experience in incorporating academic library trends, the university context, and multi-faceted challenges of a rapidly evolving environment.

Ability to engage library staff in planning and delivery of innovative user-centered services;

  • Flexibility and effectiveness to work independently or as team member;
  • Strong ability to inspire, build trust, lead organizational change, foster innovation, and empower staff growth;
  • Skills for building strong internal relationships between the library and academic units and departments and with external entities with whom we partner, as well as a proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion;
  • Experience in financial management, success in grant writing and seeking new sources of funding;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills for communicating complex issues and perspectives to a wide range of constituencies;
  • Strong record of scholarly engagement and professional service, including presentations, publications and service on campus-wide and/or regional or national-level organizations.
  • Master’s degree or higher in library or information science or other relevant discipline; preferred
  • PhD in humanities, social sciences, or science discipline.


One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world-class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. To learn more about the Cornell University Library and our strategic plan, visit:

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.


Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAACREF and other options), as well as exceptional work/life support programs. Professional travel funding available.

Application Procedure:

Deadline for nominations is June 14, 2013. Review of applications begins on July 12, 2013.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply for this position go to and select the Information for all applicants link, the external or internal applicant link, and search under the job category of Staff and Librarians. This posting is job requisition number 20346. Follow the instructions for online submission – only online submissions will be accepted. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. 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. We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

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

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