Research Librarian, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

The Nestlé Hospitality Library within the newly-opened Marriot Student Learning Center seeks creative, enthusiastic, forward-thinking candidates for the professional position of SHA Research Librarian. The Library contributes to the development, implementation, and assessment of exceptional research and instruction support programs in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration (SHA). In additional to traditional library techniques, this may involve creating strategies for data-mining the social web, using strong quantitative skills to unmask trends in real estate information, or helping to build new learning tools such as mobile applications. Above all, the incumbent must be excited by the opportunity to develop the programs and services needed for the 21st century digital information environment at the premiere hospitality management school.

Reporting to the Coordinator of Research Services, this position is part of the Research and Learning Services (RLS) department. RLS emphasizes a team-based approach to meeting patrons’ ever-expanding information needs and is responsible for providing research, teaching and learning, outreach, and collection development services as part of the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library. The HLM Library provides services to Cornell’s specialized business and labor Schools, including Hotel Administration, ILR, and Management, with over 1800 undergraduates, 1300 graduate students, 140 resident faculty, and extensive distance education, executive education, and extension programs. The position will work closely with the other SHA Research Librarian as well as the nine additional staff and librarians that make up RLS.

The Marriot Student Learning Center, opened in Fall 2012 after a complete renovation, lies at the heart of the School of Hotel Administration and is dedicated to technology, collaboration, and study. SHA integrates a diverse group of undergraduates, MMHs, PhDs, faculty, staff, and practitioners to provide a unique educational experience. By focusing undergraduate and graduate education in core business areas on the opportunities and challenges in hospitality and real estate, the School continues its long tradition of educating the future leaders of these industries.

Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Coordinator of Research Services, the SHA Research Librarian is responsible for:

·         Providing direct research assistance focused on the School of Hotel Administration community;

·         Developing and maintaining an expertise in hospitality and business resources;

·         Developing and preparing content to support use of library resources;

·         Designing, teaching and evaluating instruction sessions, including working with faculty to develop curriculum-specific instruction programs, coordinating research support for course assignments, and applying information literacy best practices;

·         Facilitating access to spatial and numeric data sources;

·         Participating in the on-going development and assessment of the Research and Learning Services department;

·         Collaborating with key stakeholders in the HLM Library;

·         Effectively using social media and web tools; and

·         Participating actively in professional organizations, library and university committees, and scholarly pursuits.

 

Qualifications

 

Characteristics:

The SHA Research Librarian is an innovative, enthusiastic, service-focused professional who is able to approach a new position in a new structure with an eagerness to collaborate formally and informally with other librarians, archivists, and staff. Additionally, the successful candidate will:

·         Work well with colleagues as part of teams, drawing on and contributing to their subject and library expertise, but is also able to work independently.

·         Embrace change and welcome opportunities to experiment and innovate.

·         Have a strong understanding of standard and traditional library practices but also embrace the change and opportunities that new technologies bring to the field.

·         Possess natural curiosity and a penchant for strategic experimentation.

·         Have excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.

·         Understand the research process and can keep the researchers’ needs at the front of the planning and execution of their work.

·         Model and maintain the HLM Libraries’ core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service and strive to achieve organizational success, team cohesiveness, positive and constructive responsiveness to change, and respect from those we serve.

Requirements:

·         M.L.S. or equivalent graduate degree.

·         At least 1-2 years of experience as a librarian, ideally in either an academic or special library.

·         Experience using and teaching others to use library resources, including bibliographic and full-text databases, web resources, etc.

·         Strong problem-solving, analytical, quantitative and critical-thinking skills.

·         Ability to resolve competing demands in an environment of fast-paced change.

·         Fluent oral and written English language skills.

·         Strong collegial, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills.

·         Strong service ethic and orientation.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Advanced degree or coursework in hospitality, business or related field, particularly real estate.

·         Subject knowledge in hospitality and/or business/management.

·         Experience with numeric, spatial, and GIS data and resources.

·         Mobile and related applications development experience

·         Academic social science library research and library teaching experience.

Background:

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 Association of College and Research Libraries’ 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.

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:  Applications requested by November 30, 2012. To apply for this position go to http://www.ohr.cornell.edu/jobs/, search under the job category of Librarians, and select job number 18776.  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. 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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