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

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) at Cornell University is seeking a Research and Instruction Librarian who will bring creativity and dedication to ensure that all users feel welcomed and empowered to engage with RMC’s collections.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Public Services, the Research and Instruction Librarian will undertake a variety of teaching, research, outreach and other projects, partnering with faculty, staff, and with others within and outside the University to provide outstanding services and learning opportunities for all levels of users.

In conjunction with public services colleagues, you will provide innovative, effective research support, and participate in staffing various service points.

You will bring a commitment to developing teaching methods and instructional activities appropriate to different levels of student experience and a thorough understanding of both the strategies necessary to conduct primary source research and the methodologies to teach these skills.

This position operates in a highly collaborative, team-focused environment. We’re looking for you to bring a strong service orientation and the ability to interact positively and inclusively with students, faculty, and the public. Above all, you will have enthusiasm for working with students, for teaching in partnership with faculty and Library colleagues, and for building a community of practice around instruction in RMC.

Qualifications we need:
• A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, with 3-5 years of full-time experience in a library providing instruction and public services in a special collections environment.
• Detailed knowledge specific to the fields of Library and Information Science, archival practice, and rare books and manuscripts, and familiarity with the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section/Society of American Archivists Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy.
• Experience coordinating or managing public services or instructional programs, public programming, or similar.
• Deep knowledge of active learning instruction approaches and ability to create a student-centered instruction experience, including providing in-person and remote teaching, synchronous and asynchronous online presentations.
• Experience providing effective and efficient research services. Knowledge of best practices in virtual and in-person reference in special collection environment.
• 1-3 years of experience contributing to or managing a library’s social media presence on various platforms, particularly Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and You Tube.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively within a team, including with colleagues in RMC and across Rare and Distinctive collections, as well as other CUL staff, communicating with diplomacy and tact. Strong oral and written communication skills.

If you possess these skills and experiences, this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, including:

• Experience creating instructional videos, LibGuides, or other digital assets to enhance the learning experience. Experience creating online instructional content using tools such as Camtasia, Screenflow, Adobe Spark, etc. to create asynchronous presentations as well as experience providing synchronous online instructional or outreach presentations.
• Experience devising assessment instruments for both individual instruction sessions and instruction programs as a whole.
• Experience curating exhibitions, both physical and digital, using rare materials.
• Experience using social media management tools.
• Experience using Aeon, LibAnswers, LibInsight, ArchiveSpace or similar bibliographic tools.

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 or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on experience, with an anticipated salary range of $52,500-$60,000.

Diversity and Inclusion: RMC 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.

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. The successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, with potential for entering into a flexible hybrid 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. (See: WDR-00029816) Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to March 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. 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, collection development or service, or all four factors;

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 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.”
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