Resident Librarian

Oswego, New York
Jul 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a full time/12 month, two-year appointment, non-renewable Resident Librarian position.

The SUNY Oswego Library Resident Program helps increase the presence of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in academic librarianship and brings new perspectives and ideas to Penfield Library. The program is aimed at recent graduates from accredited MLS/MLIS degree programs, and we welcome applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds as we work to build a representative and culturally diverse faculty and staff.

The Resident Librarian is a two-year, non-renewable position at the assistant librarian rank. The program will provide the Resident with a broad introduction to the field of academic librarianship, with assignments in reference, instruction, and collection development. In the second year, the Resident will complete a project based on their professional interests and our current needs. Working independently or with a colleague, the Resident will develop, complete, and report research with the prospect of presenting at a professional conference or publishing in a professional journal.

The position is an entry-level librarian position, and includes support for professional development and mentorship. The position will prepare Residents to be highly qualified and competitive in their search for a tenure-track position in an academic library.

It is expected that candidates will bring a commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion to their work.

Posting Date: July 7, 2017            

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty, visit:  or

Date of Appointment:  August 2017  

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain communication with classroom faculty to promote library services and resources. Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction.
  • With guidance from the Instructional Team, plan, develop, teach, and assess course integrated and stand-alone library instruction sessions for courses and individuals.
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and virtual reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.
  • Display a strong service orientation in interactions with students and faculty/staff colleagues.
  • Develop and assist with creation of instructional learning objects, including web-based guides and tutorials, using innovative techniques.
  • Create and maintain online research guides for assigned subject areas, related courses, and relevant topics.
  • Stay informed of new and changing resources, trends, and methods in instruction, reference, and research assistance.
  • Collaborate with a variety of internal library colleagues and campus partners.
  • Participate in various library and institutional committees, as well as in the activities of local and regional professional associations, including workshops and webinars.
  • Engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.
  • In the second year, work on a project based on professional interests and Penfield Library needs. The goal will be to present results at a professional conference or in a professional journal.

In addition, this position will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in librarianship, scholarship and service; commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Librarianship/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, preferably received within the last 12 months. Note: early-career librarians working outside of academic librarianship (for up to 24 months post-MLIS) will also be considered.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to and use emerging technologies and software.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to be flexible and motivated in the face of changing assignments and projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including basic presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with trends and issues in academic librarianship.

To Apply:  Submit a letter of application addressing required qualifications, including how you see yourself contributing to diversity, inclusion or equity issues at Penfield Library or SUNY Oswego,  resume,   a copy of unofficial transcripts; and contact information for three professional references to:

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring. Files must be complete to be considered.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Deborah Curry, Search Committee Chair

(Phone) 315-312-3545

Description of Department: Penfield Library is a dynamic, innovative, and learning-centered environment serving students, faculty and staff at SUNY Oswego.  Located at the heart of the campus and online at, the Library is an evolving high tech learning facility that supports campus curriculum, teaching, and research. Sixteen full-time faculty and professionals, 6 adjunct faculty, and 15 classified staff support a well-established liaison program that provides collection development, specialized reference, and information literacy instruction in all curricular areas.

Penfield library is committed to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We are actively working to build an inclusive environment by setting goals that directly reflect equity and inclusivity, and supporting the goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan, available at All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing  

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