Associate University Librarian – Cornell University Library
The Cornell University Library (CUL) stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep network of digital resources. Its impact reaches beyond campus boundaries with initiatives that extend the university’s land grant mission to a global focus.
CUL seeks two creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative Associate University Librarians (AUL) to lead, develop, and enhance a range of forward-looking and innovative services. Reporting directly to the University Librarian and serving as a member of the Library Executive Group (LEG), AULs at Cornell contribute vision and leadership to the development and management of designated library collections, services and spaces that support the evolving needs of the Cornell community. AULs supervise library directors and unit heads as well as providing overall guidance to academic librarians and staff members in libraries on the Ithaca campus and beyond.
In a work environment where cross-unit collaboration is expected, AULs work closely with other AULs and the University Librarian to set strategic directions and priorities for the library, to sponsor projects and initiatives, and to develop partnership programs within and beyond Cornell.
AULs represent CUL to the Cornell, higher education, and national and international library communities through engagement, presentations, and publications, enhancing CUL’s reputation as a leading research library for the 21st century. AULs strengthen library relationships with deans, vice-provosts and other administrators as well as faculty, students and staff involved in academic services throughout the university.
The successful individuals, building on their unique skills and experience, will each have the opportunity to work with the University Librarian and other members of LEG to define the responsibilities of the position. All qualified candidates are invited to apply, however particular emphasis will be placed on the candidates’ abilities to supervise personnel and support strategic initiatives in two broad areas: (1) special collections and (2) information technology and digital research. Cornell encourages all candidates for senior leadership positions to supply statements demonstrating their commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of their application.
– Master’s degree or higher in library or information science or other relevant discipline?
– Minimum five years of relevant work experience with increasing responsibility;
– Demonstrated leadership experience and evidence of flexibility and initiative and the ability to incorporate academic library trends in a rapidly changing environment;
– Proven ability to engage library staff in planning and delivery of innovative user-centered services?
– Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team?
– Proven ability to inspire, build trust, lead organizational change, foster innovation, and empower staff growth?
– Proven track record for building strong internal and external relationships;
– Proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion?
– Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills for communicating complex issues and perspectives to a wide range of constituencies
– Experience in financial management, success in grant writing and seeking new sources of funding;
– Strong record of scholarly engagement and professional service, including presentations, publications, and service to regional and/or national-level organizations.
Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s expansive 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 being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 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 arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude 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.
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 $64 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 350, 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.
Benefits: Our comprehensive Endowed benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at https://hr.cornell.edu/
Application Procedure: Candidates may apply at https://cornell.wd1.