Business Research and Instruction Librarian – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

The Management Library at Cornell University is looking for creative and forward-thinking candidates for a Business Research and Instruction Librarian. The successful candidate will provide research and instruction support to the faculty, students, and staff of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson). Above all, candidates must be excited by the opportunity to develop the relationships, programs, and services needed to support success at a top ranked graduate business school.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research & Learning Services, the Business Research and Instruction Librarian:
• Designs, teaches, and assesses instruction sessions, including working with faculty to develop curriculum-integrated instructional programs.
• Provides direct research assistance to the Johnson community.
• Develops library outreach/marketing tools and services.
• Contributes actively to team building, goal setting, and long term planning for the department.
• Collaborates with colleagues and customers across Cornell University.
• Cultivates personal subject knowledge; participates actively in professional organizations, library, and university committees; and engages in scholarly pursuits.

Required Qualifications:
• An ALA-accredited MLS, MBA, or equivalent graduate degree.
• Demonstrated interest and excitement for business as a discipline.
• Passion for and experience with teaching or training.
• Strong analytical, quantitative, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills, especially in a research context.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills.
• Ability to resolve competing demands in an environment of fast-paced change.
• Strong service ethic and customer-centered thinking.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a service-oriented environment.
• Commitment to the Hospitality, Labor and Management Library’s core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching/training.
• At least 1 year of business research experience in a corporate or academic environment.
• Advanced degree or coursework in business or related fields.
• Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel or other analytical tools.
• Willingness to explore the use of new technology in support of effectively achieving goals, with a high tolerance for risk and failure.
• Experience creating marketing/outreach campaigns. (Portfolio submissions optional. Portfolios may be hosted on the web or can be submitted as a single PDF no larger than 5MB.)


The Management Library predominantly serves Johnson at Cornell, which offers five MBA programs, a PhD program, and Executive Education opportunities, as well as housing several centers and institutes. Johnson educates leaders who know how to harness the power of people to create extraordinary results for a connected world. In addition to traditional library services that support the academic and career research needs of Johnson, the Management Library welcomes candidates with a keen eye towards innovative and user-focused programs to promote the library to the Johnson community around the world. In addition to serving Johnson, the Management Library also provides business research support across Cornell.

The business librarians in Cornell’s Management Library are members of the larger Research & Learning Services department within the Hospitality, Labor, and Management (HLM) Library. HLM serves Cornell’s Industrial and Labor Relations School, School of Hotel Administration, and the Johnson Graduate School of Management. The successful candidate will join a team of 10 professionals serving in HLM’s Research and Learning Services department.

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.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Application Deadline is May 16, 2014. 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.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

About John Pell

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

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