Diversity and Inclusion Research Librarian — Cornell University

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Cornell University’s Catherwood Library is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join us as our Diversity & Inclusion Research Librarian! This is a new position that you will have an opportunity to help define.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Catherwood Library, in this ILR School-funded position you would be the primary liaison to ILR’s new Workplace Inclusion and Diversity Education program, the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, and the many students, faculty, and researchers working in this growing and critical field. The ILR School has Cornell’s largest percentage of first-generation students, transfer students, and students from historically marginalized communities, and as the successful candidate you would coordinate Catherwood’s outreach to all of ILR’s first year students.

This position is part of a larger focus within Cornell University Library, the ILR School, and the University as a whole on diversity, equity, anti-racism, and social justice. We are looking for someone who incorporates these principles into their work and research.

As the successful candidate, you would join the team responsible for providing scholarly services such as reference, instruction, and research support to the ILR School and have the opportunity to work with stellar librarians and archivists throughout Cornell University Library. The ILR School is the top school in the US in the field of labor and employment, specializing in a wide range of studies including human resources, labor relations, organizational behavior, labor law, labor history, collective bargaining, and social statistics. In addition to its exceptional Ithaca-based instruction and research faculty, ILR has a network of extension researchers and instructors in Ithaca, New York City, and Buffalo, in addition to involvement in labor projects world-wide.

In addition to its work with ILR, Catherwood Library is an integral part of the greater Cornell University Library structure. With 400 librarians, archivists, and staff, CUL provides services and resources in a wide breadth of disciplines. Between these two world-class groups, you would have opportunities to work in collaboration with a stunning array of academics and professionals to push forward initiatives and advance research interests.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!


• A graduate degree, either in library science or field relevant to the position.
• Two years of work or internship experience in a library, preferably in reference, instruction, research support, or liaison work.
• Meaningful involvement in initiatives relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion broadly defined.
• Demonstrated ability to meet students and scholars wherever they are in their learning process, and a desire to help them grow by building relationships and providing research support.
• Demonstrated ability to explain ideas to a variety of audiences and to listen well.

Diversity and Inclusion:

The Catherwood 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.


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 https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/benefits-snapshot. The incoming academic rank for this position will be determined by the skills and experience of the selected candidate, with an anticipated salary range of $52,500-$70,000.

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. The successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, with potential for entering into a flexible work arrangement.

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-00029565) Review of applications will begin February 24, 2022 and interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply before this date. 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.


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.”

Employment Assistance Employment Assistance:

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University’s Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu.

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor.

Notice to Applicants:

Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here: https://hr.cornell.edu/important-notice-applicants. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Your contact information (in case we have any questions)
Bonnie Bailey, bab3@cornell.edu