Evidence Synthesis and Applied Health Sciences Librarian — Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Albert R. Mann Library Research and Scholarly Engagement Department at Cornell University is seeking an Evidence Synthesis and Applied Health Sciences Librarian.

We are looking for someone who will help students and scholars become more confident users of evidence synthesis methods and protocols – particularly associated with the applied health science disciplines. The successful candidate provides innovative information services primarily for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology communities on systematic reviews and related evidence synthesis methodologies, including instruction, resource and guideline development, consultations, and co-authorship. They also represent Cornell University Library’s cutting edge Evidence Synthesis Service on the national and international stage through various types of professional engagements. This position allows for many growth opportunities related to evidence synthesis and supports academic interests that advance this burgeoning field of librarianship, including but not limited to artificial intelligence or machine learning automation, mentorship or program development for librarians and researchers in resource-limited settings, or open science applications. The candidate will be able to actively contribute to Cochrane systematic reviews and the World Health Organization/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making as part of Cornell’s affiliate Cochrane Center for Nutrition and PAHO/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Research for Health, the only such organizations in North America focused on nutrition.

The Evidence Synthesis and Applied Health Sciences Librarian also delivers public services to the Cornell and New York State community including reference, consulting, and instruction. At Mann Library “we actively support the needs of all who seek knowledge and foster the open exchange of diverse ideas to improve the lives of people everywhere.” As a member of the Disciplinary Research Support Service Science Team, the successful candidate provides research consultations to students, staff, and faculty on comprehensive and strategic information discovery, retrieval, organization, and dissemination. This type of work is great for someone who loves to learn new things, likes to dig for resources that support interdisciplinary, complex patron-driven research questions, and really enjoys interacting with people and helping them find what they need. As a member of the Research Services & Scholarly Engagement department, this librarian will develop and deliver graduate instruction and programming to build research skills through workshops, courses, and potential international trainings.

Most importantly, you should bring a wide-ranging curiosity, determination and tenacity for intricate search development and translations, dedication to helping varied learners develop and grow, interest in science scholarship, and a desire to help build an equitable and anti-racist interdisciplinary collective in the arenas that you will be a part of.

Does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to talk.

While the person in this position will be a key member of two teams — the Evidence Synthesis Service and the Disciplinary Research Support Service — they will also collaborate across library departments and campus to solve problems, learn new skills, and support others’ work. If this position has piqued your interest, please don’t allow fear of not having enough of a background in evidence synthesis or health sciences get in the way of applying.

Required Qualifications:

What we’re looking for more specifically:
• A demonstrated ability or training to utilize evidence synthesis and systematic review methodologies.
• An educational, experiential, or research background in agriculture, biological, health sciences, or related field. We are actively looking for diversity of background and experience, so please tell us how your experience relates to this requirement.
• A graduate degree in Library or Information Science OR in a field related to the populations we support, such as (but not limited to) the health sciences.
• Excellent verbal communication skills, especially when it comes to discussing and teaching complex ideas with various audiences. You have an ability to meet interdisciplinary students and faculty wherever they are in their learning process, and a desire to help them grow. Excellent written communication skills: please tell us how your experience could be applied to tasks such as publishing in the sciences, documenting evidence synthesis methodology, and developing education resources.
• An ability to work in a team environment and to collaborate effectively. You have experience in building connection and community. For example, this could be in education, mentoring, consulting, outreach, or another form of engagement.
• A true commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion and belonging in the organization where you work and in the communities that you reach. For example, this could be through an interest in or knowledge of ways that minoritized groups have been marginalized in education, the science disciplines, publishing and scholarly communication environments and ideas about how to contribute to a more just and equitable environment to support the learning and voices of all scholars.

Limited Timeframe Remote: This position is located in Ithaca, New York. It is expected that you will be working on-site at Mann Library, but there are some options for flexible, hybrid work arrangements upon approval for Research, Teaching, and Extension (RTE) faculty, the university status of academic librarians and archivists.

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:

All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site. See: WDR-00031292. 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,” which may be incorporated into the cover letter OR presented as a separate statement. 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 research, teaching, or service, or all three factors.

Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to June 7, 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. Note, we will be asking for references from candidates that progress in the search process at a later time.

Albert R. Mann Library: This position will be housed at Albert R. Mann Library. Mann Library has a longstanding reputation for developing state of the art, user- focused services and spaces, and is noted for having one of the finest collections in agriculture and life sciences in the country. The library fosters a culture of innovation and collaboration that relies on a highly committed and talented staff who are responsive to the evolving needs of our users. Recent examples of innovative projects include the creation of the My Kind of Mann podcast, and a Welcome to Mann Library video. Serving the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology at Cornell, Mann Library has embraced Cornell’s land grant mission, actively pursuing opportunities to serve the global community through special projects and programs, including the USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System, the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Through the Library’s strong information literacy program, Mann staff are frequently asked to teach on topics ranging from source evaluation to video production, and they teach internationally in support of global initiatives. Mann Library serves as a vibrant campus hub for students, faculty, and staff to meet, learn and exchange ideas. Our tagline says it all, “Mann Library, where minds and friends meet.”

Although this position is housed at Mann Library, the person in this position will frequently work, collaborate and learn aside colleagues from many other unit libraries on campus too. The University Library is comprised of 15 unit libraries, each with a unique area of focus. 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. Its world-class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

Environment: 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.

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ people, past and present, to these lands and waters. Learn more about our land acknowledgment.

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 here.

Appointment rank and salary range: The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $52,500-60,000.

Relocation assistance may be provided.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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