Lead Librarian for Research Strategies — Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Cornell University Library’s Research & Learning Services (Olin and Uris Libraries) is seeking applications for a Lead Librarian for Research Strategies.

The Opportunity:

Cornell University Library seeks an experienced librarian as the Lead Librarian for Research Strategies, a key member of the Olin & Uris Libraries’ Research & Learning Services leadership team. This position is based in the John M. Olin Library, currently reimagining services and facilities. As a central research hub for the College of Arts and Sciences, this is an important location at the heart of campus; the person in this position will strategize research services and directions for the humanities and social sciences and will contribute to research services across Cornell’s large and complex Library system. Reporting to the Director of Olin and Uris Libraries and supervising five Research, Teaching and Extension (RTE) faculty librarians, they will also participate in outreach, instruction, and collection development in their own area of specialty so that they’ll be able to directly engage with our community of scholars. If you’re interested in how AI and/or critical digital literacies interact with research, this would be a great opportunity to develop innovative services and hold a leadership role in public services at a major research institution.

Candidate Profile:

  • 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, including 3-5 years of demonstrated successful supervisory experience and an ability to build relationships, lead teams, and foster collaboration, either within or outside libraries.
  • Demonstrated interest in or professional focus on reference and research services and experience in training library staff and/or supporting the continuing education needs and wellbeing of library staff.
  • Proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Experience in developing and implementing innovative programs with a user-centered approaches to designing services.
  • MLS; or master’s degree in a humanities or social science discipline and library work experience.
  • Demonstrated strategies for conveying complex and nuanced ideas.

Additionally, we would prefer:

  • Interest in emerging focus areas and technologies and how they intersect with research services, such as AI and critical digital literacies.
  • Academic preparation in Philosophy, Western European Studies, or American History, with reading ability in a language other than English, if appropriate.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The selected candidate will typically work on the Ithaca campus 4 days per week, with potential for entering into a flexible work arrangement to allow remote work 1 day per week. The university reserves the right to modify, suspend, revoke or terminate the hybrid work arrangement at any 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 temporarily outside New York State.

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

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 endowed benefits can be found at https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/benefits-snapshot . The anticipated academic rank is Associate Librarian or Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $86,000-$136,000, dependent on experience and qualifications.

Diversity and Inclusion: As a university founded to be a place where “…any person can find instruction in any study,” diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values and mission. We strive to be a welcoming, caring, healthy, and equitable community where students, faculty, and staff with different backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn, innovate, and work in an environment of respect, and feel empowered to engage in any community conversation. As a member of the Cornell University community, it is important to recognize our shared responsibility to each other to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all. Cornell Core values (https://www.cornell.edu/about/values.cfm)

Our Vision: Empowering Cornell’s research and learning community with deep expertise, innovative services, and outstanding collections strengthened by strategic partnerships.

Our Mission: Cornell University Library promotes a culture of broad inquiry and supports the University’s mission to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and creative expression. It engages with the ongoing transformations of society to deliver world-class physical and digital content and services critical to research, education, and outreach, now and in the future. The Library acts globally, supporting Cornell’s land grant mission in New York State and beyond, and builds partnerships within and outside the university. It invests in its staff, collections, and physical and virtual libraries. And, it serves as a neutral and trusted party supporting information access and scholarly communication.

How to Apply: All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site (https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs): See job requisition ID WDR-00044280.

For full consideration, please include the following with your application:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A Curriculum Vitae;
  3. A statement supporting diverse communities which may be incorporated into the cover letter or presented as a separate statement. Candidates are invited to outline their experiences and approaches to working with diverse communities through their research, teaching and service. Guidelines for candidates are here (https://facultydevelopment.cornell.edu/department-resources/recruitment/supporting-a-diverse-community/).

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