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Associate Librarian

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SUNY Potsdam is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Refer to job posting detail information for special instructions.

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

1. Submission of a detailed cover letter that explains your interest in the position and what you have to offer our institution, and describes how you will approach the key projects listed in the job description. 2. Submission of a one page statement detailing how your previous work and/or service has supported the success of students from diverse/underrepresented backgrounds, or contributed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. Applicants with no prior involvement with such processes should indicate how they will advance SUNY Potsdam’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. 3. Contact information for three professional references.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number: U - 00196
Position Title: Associate Librarian
Local Title if different: Technical Services and Metadata Coordinator
Job Category Faculty
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Obligation: Calendar Year
If College Year, Please fill in period of no obligation:
Position Type Term
Appointment Start date: 07/01/2017
Appointment End date :
Salary: 60,000
Salary Grade:
Full Time or Part Time: Full Time
If Part-Time, fill in %:

Department Information

Department: COLLEGE LIBRARIES

Search Contact Information

Search Contact(s):

Marianne Hebert, Librarian

Search Contact Phone/Extension: 315-267-3308
Search Contact Email: hebertm@potsdam.edu
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Posting Text

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The College Libraries at SUNY Potsdam are reorganizing our technical services functions, and hiring a Technical Services and Metadata Coordinator to help futureproof our services.

Job Requirements & Essential Functions of the Job:

SUNY Potsdam has defied expectations since 1816, focusing on teaching, learning, and creative innovation through the nation’s first school of Music Education, a proud tradition of teacher education, and a remarkable school of Arts and Sciences. We are simultaneously one of SUNY’s most-watched creative campuses AND second-best in SUNY’s comprehensive colleges for students enrolled in STEM fields – and we’re chasing down first place.
To support this amazing community, the College Libraries have adopted a mission focused on forging dynamic partnerships, empowering our vibrant and diverse academic community to do thoughtful research, explore new ideas, and collaborate effectively. Our goals align with The Potsdam Pledge, http://www.potsdam.edu/about, which focuses on our community goals of vital teaching and learning, freedom of thought, belief and expression, respect and responsibility, safety and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and integrity in all we do. Because we are aware that we are a historically white and historically regional college that has an increasingly diverse population, we are working to understand our differences as we integrate students from beautiful rural upstate New York with students from the vibrant urban environments of downstate New York, preparing all of our community members to live global lives.
With full support from our new Provost hired in 2015, the College Libraries are responding to these changes. This technical services and metadata leadership position is an ideal opportunity for a librarian interested in the blend of tradition and experimentation in an increasingly diverse, inclusive, transparent, and flexible environment. The Coordinator will join 9 library faculty and 6 support staff who include a mix of “lifers” who have settled in Potsdam for the foreseeable future, and new folks who will learn from us, do good work here, and move on in their careers better for the experience – and we welcome the diversity of perspectives that both kinds of professionals bring to our campus. The Coordinator will have faculty rank of Associate Librarian in a tenure-track faculty position subject to criteria for reappointment, promotion, and tenure as established by the SUNY Board of Trustees and the Personnel Policies of the College Libraries, with a negotiable minimum salary of $60,000.
As a part of this team and community, the Coordinator will provide leadership and vision for the Libraries’ management of content in all formats, and will be responsible for access to library materials, including metadata creation in support of print, digital, and Open Access collections. Technical Services currently encompasses acquisitions, cataloging, serials, and discovery, and will expand to include digitization of local collections. The Coordinator will supervise one librarian and two Library Clerks, and will be a key member of the Management Team of the Libraries. We expect that the Coordinator will provide leadership for the following projects or types of projects:
• Migrating in 2018 from a local implementation of ALEPH 500 to a new consortial LSP hosting all SUNY campus bibliographic files, including review of all technical services processes and workflows during and post-migration
• Engaging our campus with Open Educational Resources and developing a sustainability plan for OERs
• Establishing infrastructure and processes to support student research initiatives – in many varied formats – and to showcase the campus’s research output
• Supporting technical services staff in purchase, cataloging, and maintenance of materials for the F.W. Crumb main library, and the Julia E. Crane music library
• Mentoring the professional development of a new Electronic Resources and Serials librarian, and participating in skills and professional development for library staff
• Integrating patron-driven or purchase-on-demand processes into current acquisitions, ILL, and cataloging environments

Specific responsibilities will be collaboratively refined with the Director of Libraries after hire, building on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate. As a holistic member of the library staff working in a leadership role, the Coordinator’s responsibilities may include face to face or online research assistance, information literacy instruction, and/or collection development – again, building on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate. Library faculty are also expected and encouraged to engage with the academic and student life of the campus through committee, teaching, or other service opportunities, and current library faculty have built a strong reputation as valued members of our community through these kinds of service engagements.

Required Qualifications:

A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from a master’s level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country, per http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/employment/foreigncredentialing/forjobseekers).

Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience working in academic or research libraries.
- Sufficient experience in libraries to ensure the candidate can achieve continuing appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian.
- Sufficient experience with library technical services to allow for confident leadership of the department.
- Demonstrated experience working with, doing research with, or teaching under-represented groups.

Supervisor: Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries
Location: Crumb Library

Posting Detail Information

Close Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants:

1. Submission of a detailed cover letter that explains your interest in the position and what you have to offer our institution, and describes how you will approach the key projects listed in the job description.

2. Submission of a one page statement detailing how your previous work and/or service has supported the success of students from diverse/underrepresented backgrounds, or contributed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. Applicants with no prior involvement with such processes should indicate how they will advance SUNY Potsdam’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

3. Contact information for three professional references.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this opening? Please be specific.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Will you have a master's degree from an ALA accredited program or its international equivalent by July 1, 2017?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document 1 (Refer to job posting detail information for special instructions.)
  4. Other Document 2 (Refer to job posting detail information for special instructions.)
Optional Documents