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Special Collections Librarian for Instruction, Reference and Engagement

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: University Libraries
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: May 23, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 423
Position ID:: 176991

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Binghamton University's Special Collections includes significant rare book, archival, manuscript, art and realia collections as well as the University Archives. The department is an integral part of the Libraries' research and teaching resources and programs.

This Special Collections Librarian for Instruction, Reference and Engagement will take a principal role in developing and delivering innovative instruction, outreach and reference services. They will promote meaningful engagement with distinctive materials in Special Collections and support teaching, research, and programming in all areas of the collection, with an emphasis on Austrian theater director Max Reinhardt's Archives and Library, which is primarily in German. They will forge collaborative relationships within the department, Libraries, University and local community as well as with other stakeholders, and will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion and responsiveness to user needs. This is a tenure-track position with salary starting at $60,000, commensurate with experience.

The position reports to the Director of Special Collections and Library Preservation.

Librarians at Binghamton University are faculty members and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Employ best practices to design, promote, conduct, and assess instruction sessions and produce curricular materials that integrate distinctive and primary source resources into course content in meaningful ways, in partnership with librarians, archivists and teaching faculty
  • Serve as the key instructor and provide support for teaching with the Max Reinhardt and other theater-related distinctive collections
  • Coordinate references services and propose improved and innovative service models for the department
  • Prioritize and respond to reference requests, with particular emphasis on queries concerning the Max Reinhardt collection
  • Coordinate and prioritize the development of special programming, physical and online exhibitions, and social media and web content to highlight collections and promote student scholarship and creative activities, in partnership with relevant Libraries' staff
  • Develop and implement assessment strategies for gauging the success and impact of reference, instruction and outreach initiatives
  • Advance reference, instruction and outreach activities that foster greater opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion, expanding audiences and subject matter
  • Participate in a work culture that promotes diversity and anti-racism and actively works to eliminate or mitigate the effects of systemic racism and bias
  • Contribute significantly to the profession to meet the Libraries' standards of scholarship
  • Participate in library, University and national service

Additional Duties:

  • Support broad access to the collections including identifying potential digitization projects that will promote outreach, engagement, instruction and scholarly engagement in collaboration with the digital projects group
  • Collaborate with processing, cataloging and discovery staff to make collections and systems more accessible and discoverable, by contributing knowledge of end-user expectations and experiences and current trends in the field
  • Supervise and mentor student assistants and interns as assigned

About the Binghamton University Libraries:

The Binghamton University Libraries provides research collections in electronic (over 2 million and growing) and print (1.7 million items) formats with an extensive array of databases and e-packages (over 400), archival and distinctive printed materials in Special Collections as well as services with a variety of student-centered study spaces. With three public locations (Glenn G. Bartle Library, Science Library and the University Downtown Center Library) and an off-site Collections Management Facility, our aim is to provide access to primary research materials and resources befitting an R1 research institution.

The Binghamton University Libraries staff of over 85 experienced faculty librarians, professionals and staff offer many research-forward services and opportunities including information literacy programs, research consultations, an Open Repository and Digital Preservation Services and our Library Research Scholars Program, a research mentorship program for undergraduates. Additionally, we are excited to elevate our impact to the Binghamton community with the much-anticipated completion of the Bartle Library third-floor renovation project that will feature a digital scholarship center, a teaching makerspace lab and collaborative project spaces.

In 2024, Binghamton University Libraries received the Library Excellence in Access and Diversity Award (LEAD) from Insight Into Diversity magazine honoring academic libraries' programs and initiatives supporting DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) across their campus. The Libraries are collectively passionate about practicing inclusion and welcome all qualified people to consider Binghamton University Libraries as their future employer.

As part of this commitment, we will cover travel expenses that are allowable per SUNY policy for candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

We also offer a relocation allowance to help with allowable costs associated with transitioning to the local area.

In addition to competitive compensation, we provide financial support for professional development opportunities. We believe in investing in our employees' growth and offer assistance for training, certifications, conferences and other career advancement endeavors.

The Libraries value an in-person presence in order to best serve our constituents and community with the highest level of support and assistance.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an ALA accredited library or information science program or an ALA approved foreign equivalent
  • Experience working with patrons or visitors in a library, special collections, archive, historical society, or museum
  • Experience in conducting classes, workshops, talks or guided tours
  • Basic knowledge of German or related language and willingness to further language skills
  • Familiarity with archival and bibliographic description and navigating discovery and content management systems
  • Ability to lift moderately heavy boxes and books and move items to and from shelves and tolerate moderate levels of dust generated during normal activities and movement of objects
  • Strong collaboration, communication and interpersonal skills, with a commitment to diversity and anti-racism in the workplace
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated application of current trends and best practices in instruction and outreach with distinctive collections
  • Experience implementing and assessing programs and services
  • Knowledge about preservation and security practices related to the care and handling of special materials

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

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

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit applications, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references to Binghamton University Interview Exchange: Salary is commensurate with experience. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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