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Research, Instruction, & Outreach Librarian, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY


About SUNY Oswego:

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

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Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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Job Description:

Description of Department: Penfield Library is a dynamic, innovative, and learning-centered environment serving students, faculty and staff at SUNY Oswego. The Library supports campus curriculum, teaching, and research, with a liaison program that provides information literacy instruction, specialized reference, and collection development in all curricular areas. The Library is an active participant in shared SUNY libraries-wide initiatives. The Library is in a time of change, magnified by the recent pandemic: assessing services, adjusting workflows and roles with a newer library services platform, reexamining our organizational structure, exploring new ways of engaging with faculty and new campus partnerships, and planning for future building renovations. 

Penfield library is committed to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We are actively working to build an inclusive environment by setting goals that directly reflect equity and inclusivity, and supporting the goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) positions. These are 12-month, full-time positions.

Posting Date: October 22, 2021

Date of Appointment: As Soon As Possible

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here for more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty or click here for a benefits summary.    

Description of Responsibilities: The Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) at Penfield Library will:

  • Serve as a core instruction librarian, sharing responsibility for information literacy and assessment of the library instruction program.
  • Design teaching materials and learning objects.
  • Deliver instruction using best practices for learning, teaching, and information literacy; apply imagination and motivation to create innovative one-shot lesson plans.
  • Collaborate closely with faculty, librarians and other university personnel in order to integrate and assess information literacy in a variety of majors.
  • Contribute to the development of new library initiatives.
  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction.
  • Organize library outreach efforts, including events, exhibits, tours, and other in-person and online engagement activities.
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and virtual reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.
  • Responsible for mentoring Peer Reference Assistants.
  • May supervise students or staff.
  • Engage in educational opportunities and work to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan . As such, the Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Librarianship/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program by time of appointment.
  • Minimum one year instruction experience.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to and use new technologies and software.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of the ACRL Framework or other best practices in pedagogy, particularly in information literacy instruction.
  • Knowledge of assessment principles.
  • Experience engaging in outreach initiatives that expand, improve, and promote library services.
  • Experience with reference service and/or collection development.

At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. As a candidate you are asked to submit a separate diversity statement, please see application instructions.

Additional Information:

If you have questions about the position, please contact┬áMorgan Bond, Search Chair at [email protected]

How to apply:

Interested applicants should visit the following link:;jsessionid=9EA1BFAD0532CB43BC1747E9A5FB483E?JOBID=138436

To Apply Submit:

  1. Cover letter describing interest and qualifications for position
  2. CV/Resume
  3. A separate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement  addressing how your commitment to the college’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion has been demonstrated in your librarianship, professional development, research, or service.
  4. Copy of unofficial (or copy of official) transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred or program in progress
  5. Contact information for three professional references

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