Instruction Lead Librarian

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 09, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036638 Department Code 20610-5452 Department SU Libraries Job Title Instruction Lead Librarian Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level 00 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code UL Job Description

The incumbent serves as Lead Librarian for the Subject Instruction team, supporting the information literacy program and considers ways to optimize instructional services within the department through curriculum-based instruction, workshops, and more. As Lead Librarian, the incumbent supervises 3-5 other librarians and works closely with the Head of Collections and Research Services and three other Lead Librarians to coordinate activities of the Department of Research and Scholarship.

The incumbent also serves as a liaison for an assigned school or college, ensuring that Libraries¿ collections and services support the academic and research needs of students and faculty in that unit. The incumbent provides essential services, including research assistance, information literacy instruction, and collection development, and serves as the Libraries’ point of contact for the assigned areas.



• MLS ( ALA -accredited) or equivalent combination of education and experience

• At least three years of professional experience as a librarian

• At least one year focused on instruction

• At least one year focused on assigned liaison areas


• Graduate work, degree or other relevant experience in assigned liaison area

• Supervisory experience

Job Specific Qualifications

• Describe the level of technical/professional knowledge and key skills needed to successfully perform the work.

• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

• Ability to work cooperatively in a demanding and rapidly changing environment

• Ability to work effectively in a collegial, multi-disciplinary team environment to explore and promote the application of new technologies

• Effective time management and organizational skills

• Library instruction or classroom teaching experience at a professional level

• Demonstrated success in providing excellent public service to students, faculty, and researchers

• Commitment to providing responsible and innovative services to a culturally/racially diverse campus


Liaison Responsibilities

• Serve as liaison librarian to programs within the School of Education.

• Develop professional relationships with faculty, researchers, staff, and administration in appropriate schools, colleges, and departments in order to assess and respond to research and teaching needs.

• Interpret and communicate findings obtained from outreach with constituents using well-defined library communication channels.

• Provide in-depth subject reference and consultation services in assigned disciplines through in person consultation, phone, and digital modes of communication.

• Develop and provide specialized online and in-person information literacy instruction for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff in assigned disciplines in conjunction with the Libraries’ Information Literacy Program.

• Create and maintain subject-related information and instructional materials.

• Participate in the marketing, development, implementation, assessment, and provision of outreach programs for Libraries services.

• Select materials in coordination with Collection Development and Analysis Librarians, and perform other relevant discipline-specific collections activities as needed.

• Promote open-access and effective publishing models as relevant to furthering the mission of the University.


• Supervise librarians on Subject Instruction team.

• Complete performance reviews in conjunction with the department head.

• Contribute to department goal setting.

• Mentor reports in relation to professional development and the Libraries promotion process.

Instructional Services

• In conjunction with the Libraries’ Information Literacy Program, develop and provide University information literacy instruction.

• Develop instructional services within the department through curriculum-based instruction and other methods.

• Share best practices related to information literacy with other members of the Department of Research and Scholarship.

Professional Development and Service

• Participate in interdisciplinary library teams as assigned and work collaboratively and creatively to implement and enhance programmatic services that benefit the University.

• Engage in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession.

• Maintain awareness of professional developments, issues, and practices through research and activities that increase one¿s knowledge and abilities, and that positively impact one’s performance and service contributions.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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