Associate Library Director

Job description

Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applicants to apply for the position of Associate Library Director.

Posting Date: April 5, 2018

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

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit:   or

Date of Appointment:  As soon as possible.

Description of Responsibilities: The Associate Library Director will:

  • Provide vision and leadership for the initiatives of library units providing end-user access to materials, including access services, resource sharing, acquisitions, and cataloging. This includes supervising personnel and unit operations, as well as overseeing the collections budget.
  • Assist with library assessment efforts, in support of institutional priorities.  
  • Maintain and report library statistics.  
  • Assist with planning and oversight of construction projects.  
  • Participate in search, hiring, and mentoring of new librarians and classified staff.
  • Serve on appropriate library and college committees.
  • In collaboration with Library Director, encourage and oversee library innovation and initiatives, including technology in support of librarianship, teaching, and scholarship.
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and electronic reference, as needed.
  • In the absence of the Library Director, responsible for all operations of the library, staff supervision, and representation of the library at college functions.
  • Engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

In addition, 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 Library/Information Sciences from an ALA accredited program, or the equivalent from another country.
  • Five years of experience managing full-time employees and the operations of a unit, including a strong record of effective project leadership, problem solving skills, and engagement with complex issues in a changing environment.
  • Experience in multiple areas of library operations.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Understanding of the scholarly and professional contributions required of tenure track librarians.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Comfort with risk taking and change in a rapidly evolving profession.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written word with key constituencies, including faculty, staff, and students; and the ability to facilitate communication between others.
  • Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic library. 
  • Experience with assessment and/or library statistics.
  • Experience with collection development and budgeting.
  • Grant writing experience.

To Apply:  Submit a letter of application addressing the qualifications, including how you see yourself contributing to diversity, inclusion or equity issues at Penfield Library or SUNY Oswego; resume; copies of unofficial transcript(s) for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically to:

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

Laura Harris

Search Committee Chair

Online Learning Librarian

[email protected]

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

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Description of the Department:  Penfield Library is a dynamic, innovative, and learning-centered environment serving students, faculty and staff at SUNY Oswego. The Library supports campus curriculum, teaching, and research, and is a member of the SUNY Library Consortium as well as the ACRL Diversity Alliance ( 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. The Library is evolving, currently in the process of exploring future campus partnerships, reexamining its organizational structure, and migrating to a new library services platform.

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 [email protected]  

For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery) on the Human Resources Website:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]   




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Posted: 4/9/2018
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