Student Success Librarian – Purchase College (SUNY) – Purchase, NY

Purchase College, State University of New York seeks a full-time, tenure-track Student Success Librarian. This is an exciting opportunity to play a lead role in the integration of the Library and the Collegea��s Student Success units (Learning Center, Advising, and Career Development). Serves as a member of the management team overseeing the Collegea��s tutoring, study skills, and writing support programs. Also serves as a key member of the Librarya��s instruction and reference teams. The ideal candidate must be creative, service-oriented, have a commitment to and aptitude for teaching undergraduate students as well as strong outreach and communication skills.
Faculty rank of Senior Assistant Librarian (12 months) and a tenure-track appointment with excellent benefits.


The position has the following responsibilities:

  • Liaison to the Student Success units and member of the Learning Center management team
  • Participates in developing programming related to study skills, learning and research techniques, etc.
  • Coordinates the Librarya��s outreach activities to students and student organizations including serving as liaison to the Office of Community Engagement
  • Teaches introductory and advanced information literacy and research sessions
  • Teaches a First Year Seminar a�� a one-credit course that introduces students to the merits of a liberal arts education, the collegea��s academic expectations, and its educational and co-curricular opportunities. Also serves as the academic advisor until students declare a major
  • Provides reference service – includes reference desk shifts, and monitoring chat and text services
  • Develops and maintains online instructional tools such as subject guides and tutorials
  • Participates in collection development and serves as the library liaison to academic boards of study as appropriate to the candidate’sacademic background
  • Is a member of the Library s communication/marketing team



  • Master’s degree in information and/or library science from an ALA-accredited school or an ALA-approved foreign equivalent.
  • Strong public service ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills a�� particularly writing
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a collegial setting
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload
  • Willingness to undertake library and college committee responsibilities, professional development, and scholarship
  • Ability to work an afternoon/evening schedule and occasional weekends, although there is some scheduling flexibility


  • Academic library experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience with a variety of software and web applications, such as tutorial design software, LibGuides, LibAnswers, and Moodle.

To Apply

Purchase HR, posting number 0800702 site:

About John Pell

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

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