Associate Director of the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library- Cornell University- Ithaca, NY

he Hospitality, Labor, and Management (HLM) Library seeks experienced business library managers as candidates for the position of Associate Director. The successful candidate will lead a team of librarians and staff providing research support, instruction, and collection development across three highly-ranked Cornell schools; provide support in and serve as liaison to the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson); and actively participate in HLM leadership. The Associate Director will be a leader who can bring their own philosophy and ideas into a developing organization and help shape its direction.

The HLM Library serves Cornella��s specialized business and labor schools, composed of the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), Industrial & Labor Relations School (ILR), and Johnson, with more than 1,800 undergraduates, 1,400 graduate students, 150 full-time resident faculty, and extensive distance education, executive, and extension programs. Johnson recently ranked seventh among US MBA programs in BusinessWeek, while the specialized ILR and SHA schools are the top institutions in their fields.

Reporting to the Harriet Morel Oxman Director of the HLM Library, the Associate Director will:

a�? Manage a team of 11 librarians and staff providing research support, instruction, and collection development to the three Cornell schools supported by HLM.
a�? Serve as the lead library liaison to Johnson, understanding and communicating the needs of the schoola��s students and faculty in the context of the broader university environment.
a�? Serve on the HLM leadership group.
a�? Provide direct research support and instruction to the Johnson community.
a�? Participate actively in professional organizations, library and university committees, and scholarly pursuits.

The Associate Director will be an innovative, enthusiastic professional with a dedication to building, leading, and participating in teams, drawing on and contributing to the expertise of colleagues. Additionally, the successful candidate will:

a�? Have an understanding of standard and traditional library practices, but also eagerly embrace change and opportunities that new technologies and techniques bring to the field.
a�? Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and willingness for strategic experimentation.
a�? Understand the changing research process and the need for user focused services.
a�? Model and maintain the HLM Librarya��s core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.


a�? MLIS or equivalent graduate degree.
a�? At least 4 years of experience as a business librarian in an academic or special library, including at least 2 years of supervisory experience.
a�? Strong problem solving, analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills.
a�? Ability to resolve competing demands in an environment of fast-paced change.
a�? Strong collegial, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills.

a�? MBA or advanced degree in management, economics, or closely related field.
a�? Experience with organizational development.


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 Associa tion of College and Research Librariesa�� Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002. The library is a leading academic research library with outstanding collections, service and instructional programs, and a leader in digital library applications including digitization of its print collections and development of strategies for curation of the research output of its faculty.


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 May 5, 2013. To apply for this position go to , select the Information for all applicants link, select external or internal applicant link, and search under the job category of Librarians. This posting is job requisition number 19935. Follow the instructions for online submission a�� only online submissions will be accepted. 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, 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.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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