Residency Librarian-New York 2 years

Approximate Date of Posting: April 1, 2017

Position: Residency Librarian

Location: Ithaca, New York

Company/Organization   Ithaca College

In support of Ithaca College’s commitment to inclusivity, the Ithaca College Library invites applications for a two-year residency program designed to increase the presence of historically underrepresented groups in the professional librarian ranks and introduce new and innovative perspectives to the Library. The residency provides an early-career librarian with a range of professional experience in a supportive environment for professional exploration and engagement. The residency is intended to recruit a recent library school graduate who will contribute effectively to the diversity of the profession and obtain a meaningful work experience. Responsible for outreach to assigned academic departments and programs. Actively engages with departmental faculty and students. Develops an understanding of relevant curricular needs to provide specialized information/research assistance, subject-specific library instruction, and appropriate library collections and content. Provides general research assistance as scheduled.

A research project that is tailored to resident’s professional interests and to the needs of the library will be developed in consultation with the College Librarian during the second year of the residency. The resident may work independently or collaboratively with colleagues to develop, complete, and report on the project with a goal of publication or presentation at a professional conference.

Schedule/Hours: Full-time 37.5 hours per week

Time Frame:  2 years

Compensation $50,000 – $52,000

Source: SLA-DMIL-


  1. Serve as the library liaison to English, Religion & Philosophy, and Writing departments, promoting Library services and resources that support and are aligned with disciplinary work in the departments. Establish and maintain communications to keep faculty apprised of new acquisitions, library procedures, and solicit opinions on resources to be considered for adding to the collection.
  2. Teach core Information Literacy (IL) concepts and course-appropriate research skills in face-to-face sessions or targeted learning modules. Collaborate with instructors on presentations and activities linked to course requirements, assignments, and desired learning outcomes. Assess and evaluate IL initiatives, instruction, and learning outcomes.
  3. Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful College community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.
  4. Select and initiate the purchase of relevant materials in all formats (print, digital, multimedia) for the library collection in assigned subject areas, using appropriate reviews and selection tools. Monitor and track expenditures of funds budgeted for collection development in assigned disciplines and ensure the timely expenditure of these funds within the fiscal year. Review gift materials in assigned subject areas.
  5. Create and maintain online research guides for assigned subject areas, related courses, and relevant topics in support of campus learning.
  6. Provide specialized research assistance and general reference services, in person or online. Stay informed of new and changing resources, trends, and methods in instruction, reference, and research assistance.
  7. Develop and implement research services policies and procedures informed by an assessment of data collected from engagement with library users. Enhance research services with the thoughtful and appropriate implementation of new technologies.
  8. Develop and evaluate library policies and procedures, services, activities, and facilities in collaboration with library colleagues. Maintain familiarity with library policies and procedures and accurately communicate them to library users as necessary.
  9. Participate in various library and College teams, groups, and committees, as well as in the activities of professional associations and/or community groups related to librarianship.
  10. Assist with special projects as assigned. 

Position/Job Qualifications

A master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school, preferably granted within the most recent 24 months of the hiring date; demonstrated interest or experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives; undergraduate or graduate coursework in the humanities is preferred, as well as interest or experience in the digital humanities and the analysis of the user experience/user needs. Knowledge of current developments in academic librarianship, including current practices and technology in library instruction; excellent presentation skills, strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to effectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment; ability to work collaboratively as well as independently with patrons from diverse backgrounds; ability to deal positively, collegially, and proactively within a changing environment are required


Deadline: April 15, 2017


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