Engineering Research and Instruction Librarian – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is seeking candidates for an Engineering Research and Instruction Librarian to join their team. Duties focus on instruction, research support, collection development, and outreach to the College of Engineering, College of Computer and Information Science (CIS), and Cornell Tech. In addition, the librarian will provide instruction and research support (around patents, technical standards, and technology) for University-wide entrepreneurship initiatives.

This position serves a diverse student body and cultivates and maintains good relationships with programs across the Ithaca and New York City campuses in order to understand, anticipate, and respond to research, teaching, and learning needs.

Required Qualifications:
• MLS from an ALA-accredited program or STEM graduate degree
• Demonstrated ability to learn new skills and topics; ability to teach others
• Demonstrated interest in engineering, CIS, STEM areas, and/or entrepreneurship
• Demonstrated effectiveness in fostering positive work relationships and effective partnerships
• Ability to work as part of a team and independently in a service-oriented environment
• Evidence of excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills
• Attention to detail; strong problem solving and organizational skills
• Demonstrated ability to create an inclusive research support, teaching, and/or learning environment for a diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Academic background and/or applicable knowledge of STEM disciplines demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree, coursework, or work experience
• Public services experience in an academic or research library
• Understanding of the collection development process
• Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent library service and support
Diversity and Inclusion: The Engineering 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. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and following current recommended practices, we may elect to conduct virtual or hybrid interviews with qualified candidates.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York. 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:—Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00028478-1. Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to November 30, 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, or service, or all three factors;
4. The names, phone numbers, e-mails, 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 355, 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.

Located in the Engineering Library, the Engineering Research and Instruction Librarian proactively partners with the College of Engineering (COE), College of Computer and Information Science, and Cornell Tech to create and deliver innovative library offerings that positively impact those communities. In addition, this position is part of the Business, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship team that works collaboratively with other Cornell University Library (CUL) staff to provide library support for University-wide entrepreneurship initiatives.

The Business, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship (BEE) department values collaboration, creativity, expertise, excellent service, adaptability, and respect for all.

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 best gourmet 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

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

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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.

About Melody Rood

Student Success & Open Education Librarian / Assistant Professor at UNC-Greensboro