Teaching and Learning Librarian – Cornell University Library – Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Library is seeking an innovative and technically skilled Teaching and Learning Librarian to provide leadership in building online learning capacity for the library’s information literacy program.

Candidates should have an interest in e-learning initiatives in higher education and a demonstrated knowledge of, or experience with, the design and delivery of engaging instruction. Working with a team of librarians, professional staff and faculty on campus, the Teaching and Learning Librarian will have the opportunity to participate in the design and execution of exciting projects that support student learning.

Under the direction of the Head of Instruction Initiatives at Mann Library, the Teaching and Learning Librarian will:

  • Develop, implement and assess online resources, interactive learning modules and educational videos that support the teaching goals of the library.
  • Perform needs assessment with library staff and faculty colleagues to identify priority concepts and objectives that would benefit from e-learning tools.
  • Establish workflows to integrate e-learning resources into a variety of teaching scenarios, including course-based instruction, group workshops and help sessions.
  • Provide research support for the research, learning and extension communities served by Mann Library.
  • Acquire and maintain expertise in information trends in academic research libraries.

The Teaching and Learning Librarian will play a key role in the teaching of core research skills within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology. In collaboration with the Mann Library instruction team and its coordinators, they will take the lead on the assessment of programmatic success. They will develop and maintain partnerships with other instructional units on campus that are committed to student learning, including the Office of Student Services, Center for Teaching Innovation, the Knight Writing Institute and the Learning Strategies Center. The incumbent will serve as Mann Library’s point-of-contact during the adoption phase of the university’s new Learning Management System, Canvas.

The Teaching and Learning Librarian will also conduct training and provide support for two digital archives maintained at Mann Library, including the USDA’s Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS) and the Agricultural Census. These systems are currently in development and will benefit from the creation of e-learning resources.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS from ALA accredited school or equivalent professional degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or experience with, the design and delivery of instruction in an academic environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong service orientation
  • Ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment that emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library research and instruction services.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of pedagogical concepts, trends, and assessment with experience in educational technologies and information literacy
  • Experience with at least one video editing software, such as iMovie, Camtasia, Adobe Premiere, Panopto, etc.
  • Coursework or professional experience in instructional design

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Albert R. Mann Library has a long commitment to providing innovative information services. The Library’s collection of life sciences, agricultural and related social sciences materials serves the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology. We provide leadership in the library community through project partnerships like the USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (https://usda.library.cornell.edu/), the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (https://cugir.library.cornell.edu/), and the TEEAL (http://www.teeal.org/) and Research4Life (http://www.research4life.org/) programs which provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s expansive global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 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 arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude 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.

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 $64 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 350, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.


Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Professional travel funding is available.

Salary and Academic Rank: The academic rank for this position is expected to be Assistant Librarian, with an anticipated salary of $52,500. The rank and salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

The application deadline is February 22, 2019. External applicants will apply via the Cornell Careers site at: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Teaching-and-Learning-Librarian—Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00017649-1 . Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).

Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here: https://hr.cornell.edu/important-notice-applicants. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

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 equalopportunity@cornell.edu.

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 John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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