Assistant Professor – Electronic Resources Librarian — Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York, NY



John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

About the Lloyd Sealy Library

As the knowledge center of the College community, the Lloyd Sealy Library serves as the gateway to the world of criminal justice and related fields. Boasting more than half a million books, periodicals, microforms, films and digital collections, the library integrates historical and contemporary materials to build a comprehensive collection and present a balanced view of the field of criminal justice. Our collections are an indispensable resource for faculty and students at John Jay and across CUNY, as well as scholars, practitioners and members of the criminal justice and legal communities around the world. Through its collections, technology, physical and virtual spaces, and our expert faculty and staff, the Library provides students and faculty an inclusive and welcoming environment to support and enhance the learning, teaching, and research needs of our patrons. This includes supporting the College’s efforts to enact the Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculum, and its commitment to access and excellence in higher education. The library holds a number of unique special collections directly related to the mission of the College.


The Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor. The appointment is subject to annual reappointments until tenure is earned. We are seeking an Electronic Resources Librarian to manage the full lifecycle of our electronic resources collections, including databases, ebooks, eserials, and streaming media. They will coordinate all activities related to acquiring and providing access to electronic resources, including troubleshooting, communicating with consortia and vendors, collecting data/statistics used in the analysis and evaluation of electronic resources, receiving and submitting invoices and setting up trials.

The Electronic Resources Librarian will work across technical and public-facing areas of library services and participate in the Library’s reference and instruction program. They will be involved in shared decision-making in various committees across the Library department, John Jay College, and CUNY.

Candidates are expected to bring enthusiasm and demonstrate commitment to librarianship & service, and to develop and maintain an active research and publication agenda. We seek a faculty member who thrives in a multicultural, collaborative academic environment and is committed to both access and excellence in higher education. The successful candidate must be eager and qualified to work with our diverse student body, and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, in accordance with John Jay College’s Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculum.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Manage the full lifecycle of the library’s continuing and perpetual electronic resources, including databases, e-books and e-journals and streaming media. This includes acquiring and renewing subscriptions, providing ongoing access and support and tracking usage.

Maintain the library’s electronic resources in the library’s Ex Libris’s Alma/PrimoVE system, on the A -Z database list on the library’s website, and on the Springshare LIbguides platform. Troubleshoot technical issues with electronic resources: coordinate the resolution of problems with vendors, library and information technology personnel, and other contacts as appropriate, and communicate directly with patrons and reference librarians on technical issues.

Work with vendors, publishers, consortia, the library budget committee and the University procurement office to proactively address ordering, access, payment and performance issues.

Promote awareness and use of electronic resources through blog posts, workshops, database trials and other forms of outreach, and by providing training, and arranging for vendor/publisher presentations for library liaisons.

Collect and analyze usage statistics and cost information for annual surveys and for use in electronic resources collection assessment.

Develop and maintain workflows, policies, procedures, and other types of documentation pertaining to electronic resources.

Pursue an active research agenda.

Actively participate on university wide electronic resources management and advisory committees.

Provide excellent customer service in support of our community of students and faculty colleagues.

Participate in a work culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Work well with others, including collaborating with other library faculty and staff to implement cross-functional initiatives.

Participate in the Library’s reference and instruction activities, including staffing in-person and chat reference and teaching one-shot information literacy classes and workshops, including occasional weekend and/or evening hours if required.

Perform other duties as assigned.


For the rank of instructor, a Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. The candidate will be required to complete a second graduate degree within 5 years. For a degree at CUNY, tuition benefits are available (6 credits per fall/spring semester). Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.

For the rank of Assistant Professor, a Master’s in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution, with a second graduate degree required. Also expected is the potential for scholarly productivity and the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.


Familiarity with an integrated library system such as Ex Libris’s Alma and Primo VE library systems,

Experience working with electronic resources tools such as OpenURL resolvers, EZproxy, config files, and knowledge bases

Basic knowledge of metadata standards/metadata creation

Candidates are expected to have a genuine interest in contemporary information discovery & organization, strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills, effective oral and written communication skills, the ability to pay attention to detail & accuracy, and to establish and to coordinate complicated workflows. They will be able to work independently as well as collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment, with the ability to work effectively with a variety of people in a diverse multicultural environment.

Experience working in an academic or research library is preferred, along with a genuine interest in criminal justice and/or justice broadly defined.

Ability to work well with others, including collaborating with other library faculty and staff to implement cross-functional initiatives. Committed to supporting students and faculty.


$52,667- $99,532 Salary commensurate with education and credentials.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance,pension and retirement benefits,paid parental leave,and savings programs.We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Candidates should provide, in one file, a letter of application that includes how they would contribute to the diversity goals of the College, a resume, a writing sample, and names & contact information of three referees.


The review of resumes to being on December 1, 2023.

Posting closes on December 31, 2023.


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