Labor & Employment Research Librarian – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

The Catherwood Library Research and Learning Services Department at Cornell University is seeking a Labor & Employment Research Librarian.

We are looking for someone who will join us in supporting the community of Cornell’s ILR School – students, faculty, and staff – in using the resources of Catherwood Library to develop their scholarship and better our understanding of the multifaceted and rapidly changing world of work. We want you to be interested in connecting with communities both within and beyond ILR and Cornell, curious for others’ research interests and your own, and eager to help build an equitable and anti-racist community. We welcome candidates who can speak to the opportunities and challenges of realizing these values in the workplace, in higher education, or in libraries.

In this position, you will work as a liaison librarian to a scholarly community that includes students, faculty, staff, and the people of Ithaca, New York State, and the world; a community that encompasses broad, interdisciplinary fields centered around the study of labor and employment in the US and abroad, with an increasing emphasis on the history, psychology, sociology, and law of work. You will connect with the members of this community through one-on-one reference consultations, standalone class sessions in support of teaching faculty, and other outreach activities.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Catherwood Library as part of our Scholarly Services department, you will be a key member of a team of library workers and have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across multiple units within the Cornell University Library, and across the larger Cornell community. (To find out more about Catherwood – the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America, and home to the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives – and Cornell, check out the “Environment” section below!)

If this sounds like you, we’d love to talk. And if it sounds like it could be you, please don’t hesitate to apply! At Catherwood and CUL, we work together to solve problems, learn new skills, and support each another’s work: we’re looking for someone who wants to learn and grow alongside us.

Required Qualifications:
• Experience in conducting research in the subject areas of labor and employment, either through an academic program or employment. (Example relevant subject areas include: human resource studies, labor relations, labor law, international labor, organizational behavior, labor economics, social statistics, or labor history.)
• A graduate degree, either in library science, labor and employment, or one of the subject areas described above. It needs to be completed by the time you start the position, and no later than December 2021.
• 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 various audiences and to listen well. For example, this could be in education, mentoring, consulting, outreach, organizing, or another form of engagement.
• Ability to incorporate the principles of diversity, equity, anti-racism, and social justice into your research and work. This can take many forms, including (but not limited to) work to advance social justice within libraries and academia and exploration of the intersection between EDI scholarship and workplace studies. Tell us about the work you’ve done that’s been most important to you!

Diversity and Inclusion:
The ILR 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.

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 Contract College benefits can be found at 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.

The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Decisions about whether to conduct virtual or in-person interviews with qualified candidates will be communicated as we move into the interview stage.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, although they may be permitted to perform a portion of their work remotely.

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:—Employment-Research-Librarian-Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00027191-1 . Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to August 29, 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,” 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 teaching, research, or service, or all three factors.
4. The names, phone numbers, 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 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 Martin P. Catherwood Library in Cornell University’s ILR School is the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America. Catherwood Library is a service-oriented organization, offering expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides, and access to premier collections. The Library also includes the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, the premier archive in country for labor and management resources.

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

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

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About Melody Rood

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