Resident Librarian

Job description

Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites recent graduates from accredited MLS/MLIS degree programs to apply for the Resident Librarian Program. The position is a full time/12-month, two-year appointment, non-renewable, entry-level librarian position.

The Resident Librarian is a position at the assistant librarian rank, and includes support for professional development and mentorship. The position will prepare the Resident Librarian to be highly qualified and competitive in their search for a tenure-track position in an academic library.

Posting Date: April 9, 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) faculty, visit:  or

Date of Appointment:  As soon as possible  

Description of Responsibilities:

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

Duties will also include:

  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and virtual reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.
  • With guidance from the Instructional Team, plan, develop, and teach library instruction sessions for courses and individuals.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to project-based collection development.
  • Stay informed of new and changing resources, trends, and methods in instruction, reference, and research assistance.
  • Collaborate with a variety of internal library colleagues, classroom faculty, and campus partners.
  • Participate in library and institutional committees, as well as in the activities of local and regional professional associations, including attending 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 intention 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 (or foreign equivalent) by time of appointment, 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.
  • Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.
  • Oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues, including basic presentation skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with trends and issues in academic librarianship.
  • Flexibility and motivation in the face of changing assignments and projects.
  • Evidence of effective adaptation to and use of emerging technologies and software.


To Apply: Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, including how you see yourself contributing to diversity, inclusion or equity issues at Penfield Library or SUNY Oswego, CV/resume, copy of unofficial transcript 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:

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:

Search Committee Chair:

Michelle Bishop

Acting Coordinator of Reference

[email protected]


Description of 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.

Penfield Library actively supports SUNY Oswego’s institutional commitment to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. The Library is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries Diversity Alliance, dedicated to increasing the hiring pipeline of talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

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:

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Further policy details, including education and cessation resources, can be found at:

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
Application Due: 6/8/2018
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