The Olin & Uris Libraries Research and Learning Services Department at Cornell University is seeking an Engaged Learning Librarian as part of a Critical Information Literacy Cluster Hire.
We are looking for someone who will help students—primarily, first-year undergraduate students—learn not only how to use the library but also how to critically evaluate information and the process through which it is found. The Engaged Learning Librarian will join a group of skilled library instructors and subject experts within the Research and Learning Services department at Olin Library. By leveraging subject-specific expertise and information literacy, our instruction program connects critical questions about algorithms, descriptive practices, privacy, and surveillance to how we access and use information for research and in our digital lives.
The Engaged Learning Librarian will play a key role in reimagining what a critical information literacy program firmly embedded within the liberal arts can be, and, how we can teach first-year students the skills needed to be successful researchers and global citizens.
Major responsibilities will include:
• Working with the Lead Librarian for Instruction, you will help create lesson plans, online learning materials, and templates for scalable instruction programs.
• As a member of Olin Library’s reference team, you will also consult on individual research questions and introduce students to research strategies and library resources.
• You will teach several guest lectures on library research and information literacy for first-year writing courses, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.
If this sounds exciting to you, please apply. Since this is an early career librarian position, we do not expect you to have experience with any or all just yet. We are committed to helping you cultivate this expertise on the job in a supportive team environment.
• Knowledge of ways that systemic issues (such as racism and ableism) can affect information access and learning. You have some ideas about how best to create a just and inclusive learning environment, and general interest in critical pedagogy.
• A stated interest in or willingness to learn about emerging trends in critical pedagogy, information literacy, and engaged learning environments.
• An ability to meet students wherever they are in their learning process, and a desire to help them grow. You have experience in building connection and community. For example, this could be in education, mentoring, consulting, outreach, training, or another form of engagement.
• Skilled at listening and discussing complex ideas and questions with various audiences through various mediums.
• A graduate degree, which might be in Library or Information Science or another field. It needs to be completed before June 2022.
This position is part of the Critical Information Literacy Cluster Hire within Cornell University Library: A partnership initiative between Albert R. Mann Library and Olin Library to attract and retain a cohort of new scholars that can help advance key instruction and outreach initiatives across colleges. Our Critical Pedagogy and Equity Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library is also part of this cluster. New hires will benefit from our desire to mobilize internal resources to create a meaningful and deliberate onboarding experience in which connections are fostered, time is protected for mentorship opportunities, and funds are earmarked for professional development and conference attendance. This cluster hire follows prior cohort hiring at Cornell University to facilitate Equity and Inclusion and Pathways to Social Justice also occurring at Cornell University.
Olin and Uris Libraries
Olin and Uris Libraries hold over 2 million print volumes in the humanities and social sciences, in addition to substantial maps, media and electronic materials. These adjacent libraries form a unified collection valued by scholars at all levels for its depth, breadth, and accessibility. We support and enhance the academic learning, teaching, and research activities of Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences. Our public services departments collaborate to make research materials as accessible as possible in an inclusive environment at the heart of Cornell’s central campus.
Although this position is housed at Olin Library, the person in this position will frequently work, collaborate, and learn aside colleagues from many other unit libraries too. 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. The Library’s world-class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. The University Library is comprised of 15-unit libraries, each with a unique area of focus.
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Diversity and Inclusion:
Cornell Library embraces diversity and inclusion and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports and reflects our community of students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We believe in the power of representation and strongly encourage individuals from historically and habitually marginalized and disadvantaged communities 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: Cornell University takes pride in offering generous benefits to support and enhance the health, wealth, and wellness of our employees. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/
• Appointment rank and salary range: 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 may conduct virtual interviews with qualified candidates.
This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, however relocation transition time may be available to allow remote work at a location of their choice in the United States, for a limited time.
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 outside New York State.
How to Apply:
All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site. See WDR-00030363. We ask that you include the following information in your application:
We ask that you include the following information in your application:
1. A cover letter that addresses your interest and why you are a good candidate for this position. If you would like to apply to both positions in this cluster hire, you may write one letter that speaks to your interest in both positions. Please be sure that the letter accompanies both applications!
2. A Curriculum Vitae that outlines your skills, education, or experiences relevant to the position(s).
3. A Statement of “Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” which may be incorporated into the cover letter OR presented as a separate statement. Candidates should 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, or service, or all three factors.
Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to April 8, 2022 is strongly encouraged. Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats.
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