Come work with us: two Technical Services positions

We’re hiring, and the librarians agreed that 2017 was a good time to try hiring differently. We rewrote our job descriptions and ads from scratch, with a different focus on who we are, and what we require in colleagues. We’re excited. This is a new approach to hiring, for us — and we’d like to work with you. I hope these job ads make that seem exciting to you, too.

The College Libraries at SUNY Potsdam are reorganizing our technical services functions, and hiring two librarians: A Technical Services and Metadata Coordinator to help futureproof our services, and an Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian to support the core functions of discovery, access, and management of information resources.

Who are we?
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 2016, the College Libraries are responding to these changes. These librarian positions are ideal opportunities for librarians interested in the blend of tradition and experimentation in an increasingly diverse, inclusive, transparent, and flexible environment. They 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.

What are the positions?

Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian
The librarian will have faculty rank of Senior Assistant Librarian, in a tenure-track faculty position subject to criteria for reappointment, promotion, and continuing appointment as established by the SUNY Board of Trustees and the Personnel Policies of the College Libraries, with a negotiable minimum salary of $48,000.

As a part of our team and community, the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian will provide expertise in managing the libraries’ electronic and print subscriptions, and the technologies necessary to maintain and access those resources. The librarian will report to the Technical Services and Metadata Coordinator, as a part of a department that also includes two library clerks working in acquisitions, cataloging, serials, discovery, and digitization of local collections. We expect that the librarian will be involved at varying levels of responsibility in 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
  • Maintaining and optimizing our use of software services that provide discovery and access to electronic resources
  • 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

Specific responsibilities will be refined in coordination with the Technical Services and Metadata Coordinator and the Director of Libraries, building on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate. As a holistic member of the library staff, the Librarian’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.

Our qualifications are simple:

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), earned by the proposed start date.

and we prefer that you have

– Sufficient experience in libraries, at any level, to ensure the candidate can achieve continuing appointment at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.
– Sufficient experience with library technical services principles to allow for confident participation in the life of the department.
– Demonstrated experience working with, doing research with, or teaching under-represented groups.

AND

Technical Services and Metadata Coordinator
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 our 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.

Our requirements are simple:

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).

And we prefer you have:

– 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.

Both positions require that you submit very particular application documentation.

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.

Applications can be found here:

Technical Services and Metadata Coordinator

Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian

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