Associate Librarian, Public Services — Rakow Research Library, Corning Museum of Glass — Corning, NY

As part of a collaborative and collegial Rakow Research Library administrative team and in cooperation with the Chief Librarian, the Associate Librarian, Public Services provides a vision for public services and resources to enhance the Rakow Library’s mission.

Oversees all aspects of the Library’s public services and supervises Public Services team members. Manages and provides leadership for reference, circulation, interlibrary loan and instruction. Collaborates to provide administrative and operational leadership including strategic planning, assessment, outreach and communications. Represents the Rakow Library and The Corning Museum of Glass in professional organizations and at conferences.

Responsibilities:

• Oversees all aspects of the Library’s public services and supervises Public Services team members.
• Manages and provides leadership for reference, circulation, interlibrary loan and Library instruction.
• Reviews and upgrades as appropriate all public services and related processes and procedures to conform to current professional standards.
• With the Chief Librarian, hires, trains and supervises Reference, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan and Outreach personnel.
• Assists in the coordination and facilitation of exhibitions of library materials.
• Serves on the Library’s administrative team.
• Serves as a liaison between the Public Services team and Library administration, Special Collections and Archives and the Collections Management team.
• Advocates for and communicates about library programs, services and exhibitions within the Museum and externally.
• With the Chief Librarian, creates and monitors the budget for Public Services.
• Works with Library leadership and collaboratively across the Library to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure smooth overall operation of the facility.
• Participates in the Library’s reference, instruction and outreach programs.

Qualifications:

• ALA accredited master’s degree.
• Three to five years’ experience working as a public service or reference librarian in a research library setting.
• Minimum three years’ supervisory experience; excellent supervisory and leadership skills.
• Demonstrated knowledge of public service trends in research libraries.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with relevant current and emerging information technology.
• Undergraduate degree in field related to the Rakow Library’s collections.
• Experience managing public services in a special collections department or special library, including scientific settings desired.
• Experience working with special collections, archives, rare books and art collections preferred.
• Strong communications skills, including the ability to represent the Museum professionally in professional organizations and at conferences.
• Excellent interpersonal and project management skills.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to work with materials in languages other than English desired.

About the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass

The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass (www.cmog.org /library) is the world’s foremost library on the art, history and science of glass and glassmaking. Its mission is to maintain a comprehensive collection on the subject of glass, in multiple formats and languages. The Library’s rich collections include books dating to the 12th century, periodicals, an extensive digital collection, over 20,000 works of art on paper and 190 archives. The Library offers reference assistance to glass enthusiasts, researchers and scholars worldwide through its in-person and virtual reference services. The Library has a staff of over 20 FTE and is open to the public seven days a week.

For more about the Rakow Library, see: http://blog.cmog.org/2015/04/16/behind-the-scenes-at-the-rakow-research-library-for-national-library-week/

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily. www.cmog.org.

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