Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian – Cornell University Law Library – Ithaca, NY

The Cornell University Law Library seeks a Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian to join our dedicated team as a visionary and collaborative member of the Cornell Law Library, Cornell Law School, and Cornell University Library communities. We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

The research and scholarly landscape is shifting, with increasing emphasis on digital resources, and multiple repositories for scholarship. This librarian will play a key role in the Law Library’s ongoing efforts to make our collection available and accessible to our community and will critically evaluate and manage the platforms on which faculty publications are published and promoted.

Cornell Law School and the Library are committed to building antiracist and inclusive curricula, research resources, and services. One of this librarian’s early priorities will be to assist in implementing the Law Library’s vision for and support of these initiatives.

The Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian is also an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaches specific assigned courses further to Law School and Library need. This librarian may oversee other initiatives to advance Cornell University Library, Law School and Law Library priorities as they arise.

This position reports to the Director for Collections, Faculty & Scholarly Services and will be filled at the Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian level.

Research Resources and Scholarly Services:
The Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian collaborates with the Director for Collections and other Law Library and Cornell University Library personnel to manage and critically evaluate Law Library electronic resources. Responsibilities will include evaluation of online resources for selection and cancellation; oversight of trials, subscriptions, authentication, and related troubleshooting; evaluation and growth of antiracist and inclusive law library research and curricular collection resources; and maintenance and critical development of related resource guides and collection priorities elements. The Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian will participate in scholarly communications workflows of the library system. Responsibilities may include work with Cornell Law School scholarly output data; preparation of faculty bibliographies; and planning of legal and academic scholarship repository content and profiles, working in close coordination with Law Library Information Management and Cornell University Library colleagues.

Inclusive Research and Teaching Resources Initiatives:
The Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian collaborates with the Associate Dean for Library Services and other colleagues to envision and advance more inclusive and antiracist curricula, collection resources and teaching materials. Immediate responsibilities will include research, collection, and creation of research and teaching resources and other reading materials related to race and the law and critical race theory; development of and regular updates to related research guides and instructional resources (including race-conscious teaching supplements for standard and newer law school courses); and development and presentation of instruction on topics related to inclusivity and antiracist law and pedagogy, including workshops for members of the Law School and Cornell University Library communities. Responsibilities will eventually include support to other programs and projects intended to further an inclusive academic environment.

Reference and Research Services; Instruction; Liaison:
The Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian works as part of a collaborative team of Cornell Law Library research librarians to provide reference services virtually and, when possible, in-person; to deliver instruction in legal and law library research and related topics; and to participate in Law Library liaison and outreach programs within the Law School community. As an Adjunct Professor of Law, the Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian may participate in in-class 1L legal research instruction and may teach credit-bearing advanced legal research courses independently or with Law Library colleagues.

Professional Development and University Service:
The Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian contributes to the intellectual and community life of the Law School and Law Library, including outreach and orientation activities and Cornell University Library committees. Promotion to additional librarian ranks reflects professional service and contributions to scholarship.

• JD from an accredited program, or equivalent; or Master’s degree and combination of competencies such as are normally gained through a JD program; demonstrated ability to conduct and teach US legal research; demonstrated understanding of the language of the law and legal terminology demonstrated ability to interact with law school faculty, staff, and students; and demonstrated familiarity with US legal information databases and print resources
• Demonstrated commitment to law librarianship; and
• Familiarity with and interest in issues of critical race theory or race-conscious practice and critical literacy in legal information, legal education, or the legal system
• Familiarity with and commitment to issues of diversity, inclusion, and antiracism or decolonization
• Initiative and willingness to learn new skills
• Demonstrated success in working collaboratively and flexibly; and
• Demonstrated experience in problem-solving and decision-making in a collaborative and coordinated planning environment
• 0-5 years of professional experience in a law library, academic or research library, or legal research setting
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: ability to listen actively, speak and write clearly, and effectively present information and ideas to groups
• Equivalencies may be considered

Recognizing these are important parts of the modern librarian skill set, familiarity with or interest in one or more of the following skills is preferred. Successful applications are not contingent upon these skills, and training will be offered:

• MLIS from an ALA accredited institution, or equivalent degree
• Management of licensed digital resources
• Understanding of the scholarly publishing environment
• Empirical research support and experience with data

Benefits: Cornell University takes pride in offering generous benefits to support and enhance the health, wealth, and wellness of our employees. Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, child tuition reimbursement, as well as many other perks. Professional travel funding is available to support research. More information regarding Cornell’s benefits can be found at .

Appointment Rank and Salary Range: The academic rank for this position will be either Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian and has a salary range of $55,000-$75,000. The incoming rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site at:–Cornell-University-Law-Library_WDR-00024207-1 . Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to December 4, 2020 is strongly encouraged. Interested candidates are asked to submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).

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

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, 22,000 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. Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

The Law Library is physically located within the Cornell Law School building on the beautiful Ithaca campus of Cornell University, and our Gould Reading Room is often listed among the world’s most beautiful libraries. Our services, collections, and activities reach into the digital environment and to partners around the world. Innovative, inclusive, and technologically creative practice and a commitment to diversity, equity, and high standards in our collections and our services to our students, faculty, and colleagues, wherever they may be, are among our priorities. With our extensive and carefully curated digital and print and digital collections, instructional programs, technological tools, our dedicated librarians and staff enable the Law Library to be a valuable research and instructional partner of the Law School and collaborator of the rest of the Cornell University Library system. The Law Library is a focal point of the diversity, vibrant spirit, and intellectual community of Cornell Law School, a top-tier yet intimate and collegial school which serves about 600 J.D. students, 90 LL.M. students, doctoral students, and professional graduate degrees.

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: 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 Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at voice (607) 254-7232, fax (607) 255-0298, or email at

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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. 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.

With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.

About Melody Rood

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