Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a 12-month, tenure track Senior Assistant Librarian position.
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: https://www.suny.edu/media/suny/content-assets/documents/benefits/benefit-summaries/FTUUPbenefitsummary-Nov-2017.pdf or http://www.suny.edu/benefits/
Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.
Description of Responsibilities: The Acquisitions Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) will:
- Lead and provide vision for the acquisitions function, including establishing and communicating priorities and procedures and seeking ways to improve services and achieve efficiencies.
- Manage the workflow of acquisitions in accordance with overall library goals and industry standards: conduct pre-order searching, ordering, receipt and verification of materials; monitor expenditures and fund allocations for all collections budgets; provide fiscal information and reports as needed.
- Manage, train, and directly supervise staff.
- Establish, evaluate, and maintain productive relationships with publishers, vendors, and consortial partners.
- Manage process change and workflow shifts during migration to a new library services platform (Ex Libris Alma) and organizational changes.
- Integrate acquisitions with cataloging workflows and act in a backup capacity for Cataloging/Serials functions.
- Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction.
- Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and virtual reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.
- Engage in educational opportunities and work 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.
- A Master’s degree in Library/Information Sciences from an ALA accredited program, or the equivalent from another country, by time of appointment.
- 2 or more years of experience in library acquisitions.
- Recent experience using an integrated library system to perform tasks related to this position.
- Demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging and metadata standards.
- Strong internal and external customer service orientation.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
- Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.
- Experience with serials management
- Supervisory experience
- Experience with reference service, collection development and/or instruction.
To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing the qualifications, including how you see yourself contributing to diversity, copies 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:
If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:
Search Committee Chair
Acting Associate Library Director
Official transcripts are required prior to hiring. Files must be complete to be considered.
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 (http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/diversityalliance). 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 https://www.oswego.edu/diversity/. 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 www.oswego.edu.
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, https://www.oswego.edu/title-ix/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]
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