Africana Librarian, Cornell University Library – Ithaca, NY

Reporting to the Director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, who also serves as Curator of Africana Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Africana Librarian provides support of educational research related to our rare and distinctive collections in African and African American History and the Black diaspora. This newly created position will raise the profile of these collections and increase outreach to other academic departments. The Africana Librarian will assist the Director in the planning, organization, supervision, development and administration of all library services, personnel, operations and programs. They will collaborate closely with the Director, with personnel in the Department of Rare and Distinctive Collections, and with others in the Libraries to manage Africana holdings and services. This position provides opportunities to explore professional interests and represents the Africana Library in partnerships, consortia, and professional organizations relating to Africana collections and projects, including a current initiative to digitize Africana materials in partnership with the Department of Digitization and Conservation Services.

Position Purpose/Summary:
• Collaborates with the Director of the Africana Library to develop policies and implement projects to achieve the collection and service objectives of this specialized library.
• Takes the lead in circulation/billing and collection management at the Africana Library.
• Provides reference and research services to the students, faculty and general members of the Cornell University community as well as visitors from outside of Cornell for both on-site and remote library users.
• Uses web based scholarly resources, such as databases and journals to instruct and assist students and faculty in their research.
• Develops instructional materials, research guides (libguides), and other resources to optimize utilization and understanding of Library resources and services.
• Offers library instruction at Cornell and in the wider community.
• Provides outreach to faculty and students, serving as liaison for the Africana Studies & Research Center.
• Participates in library-wide initiatives through committees and task forces, including those relating to access services.
• Represents the Africana Library at professional workshops or conferences pertinent to public library service, collection development, management, grant writing and publicity.
• Provides supervision of student workers and Africana fellows and interns.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Ability to assist and instruct library users in the research process.
• Proficient in the use of web-based scholarly resources such as databases, journals, digital collections, and bibliographic management tools.
• Ability to organize work, assess work priorities and effectively manage projects.
• Ability to manage, coach, and train student workers in a collegial work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate an inclusive work environment as well as lead and develop inclusive services, particularly focused on diversity, equity, anti-racism, anti-sexism and/or social justice.
• Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and cooperatively with others.
• Demonstrated success in leading and motivating others.
• Ability to think creatively and strategically, and to communicate that vision.
• Good interpersonal, communication, collaboration, organizational, and presentation skills.
• Knowledge of French or Portuguese and/or an African language highly desirable.

Education and Experience:
• Academic background in Africana or African American Studies.
• Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Africana Library at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Funding is available to support professional training and research. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at . The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $52,500-$55,000.

Relocation assistance may be provided.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Because of campus closures and the likelihood of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we anticipate conducting virtual interviews with qualified candidates.

The applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, although they may be permitted perform a portion of their work remotely.

The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site: (See: WDR-00028177) Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to November 5, 2021 is strongly encouraged. Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats. We ask that you include the following information in your application:

1. A cover letter;
2. A Curriculum Vitae;
3. A Statement of “Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” Candidates are invited to describe past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may focus on teaching, research, collection development or service, or all four factors;
4. The names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references.

Environment: 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 close to 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 24,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “Foodiest Towns in America.”
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