Associate University Librarian for Special Collections
The Cornell University Library stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, staff, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep network of digital resources.
Cornell University Library seeks a forward-looking Associate University Librarian (AUL)
to enhance library-wide and user-centered special collections services. This includes ensuring that special collections are increasingly diverse and inclusive as well as accessible to the broadest possible audience. Fostering an environment of continuous innovation for the best user-experience in physical and virtual spaces is essential. Reporting directly to the University Librarian and serving as a member of the Library Executive Group, the incumbent will bring their vision and expertise to the leadership and management of the entire library with special focus on and responsibility for library-wide Special Collections and its services that support the evolving needs of the Cornell community.
The AUL will cultivate clarity and alignment to library-wide special collections by fostering a healthy workplace and leveraging the expertise and diverse resources held throughout Cornell University Library. The AUL will also provide strategic direction for advancing a mindset that balances new acquisitions with responsible stewardship of existing collections while building a more diverse and inclusive record for future generations. The AUL will enhance the Library’s reputation and strengthen its engagement and outreach with the Cornell community and beyond, representing the Library in national and international library communities.
The AUL will provide leadership to develop and implement strategies for relevant and sustainable quality user experience. The incumbent will increase the visibility of special collections. Additionally, the AUL will participate in grant-writing and play a key role in fundraising activities to advance library priorities.
This position will have direct oversight of the University Archives Program and the following three units:
, a comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America which includes the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives.
This position is based in Ithaca, New York.
Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
Relocation assistance is available.
Background: Cornell University
is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY
, Cornell's expansive global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America.
One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of approximately $65 million and a staff of more than 350 FTE, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. Cornell University Press, the first University Press in the US, has a staff of approximately 40 FTE, reports directly to the University Librarian.
Our comprehensive Endowed benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link
. The anticipated salary range for this position will be $150,000 - $180,000, dependent on experience.
Please include a diversity statement in your application: A description of your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career and/or to convey how you see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may be a separate statement or examples may be shared in your cover letter.
Candidates should apply online
via the Cornell Careers site.
Please submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, diversity statement, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references (pdf preferred). We will inform you if we plan to contact references. We will begin reviewing applications March 17, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled
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