Digital Collections Librarian

SUNY Oswego
Oswego, New York
Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 1, 2023

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State University of New York at Oswego

Digital Collections Librarian


Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty Digital Collections Librarian.


Posting Date: January 31, 2023


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


Compensation: $52,842-56,000, commensurate with experience plus full New York State benefits package.


Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. For more information, visit:


Date of Appointment: As soon as possible (or for Faculty will be date of obligation)


Description of Responsibilities:

The Digital Collections* Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) will manage the institutional repository, create and implement digitization projects of items from Archives and Special Collections, and lead in the development of strategy and solutions for handling born-digital materials created by SUNY Oswego faculty, staff, and students. They will:

  • Collaborate with the College Archivist librarian to provide leadership and supervision of the Archives & Special Collections unit, including strategic planning. Develop, document and manage procedures for the arrangement, description, preservation, development, digitization, and accessibility of the digital collections. This will also include gathering statistics on collection use and scholarship resulting from the use of the digital collections. Provide on-site and virtual research assistance to patrons, with a focus on Archives and Special Collections, including some evening and weekend shifts. Provide instruction, including on the Archives and Special Collections. Promote awareness and use of digital collections through virtual exhibits, presentations, articles, social media, local media, and other outlets. Build and maintain relationships with campus offices and departments (e.g. Alumni Development, Student Association, History department) to promote awareness of digital collections. Administer the college's institutional repository. Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction.


Engage in educational opportunities and work to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Oversee interns and volunteers.

May supervise students or staff.


In addition, this position will be expected to demonstrate the potential for excellence in librarianship, scholarship, and service; commitment to undergraduate and graduate education; and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.


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 incumbent is 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). Strong customer service orientation. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues. Outstanding organizational skills. Ability to effectively adapt to and use new technologies and software. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices, procedures, and technologies regarding digital curation. Demonstrated experience with processing, accessioning, and digitizing of materials. Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using PastPerfect, LibGuides, ContentDM Project Client Experience with born-digital collections Experience supervising staff and student employees Experience engaging in outreach initiatives that expand, improve, and promote library services. Experience with instruction, reference service, and/or collection development.


*Note that “Digital Collections” does not include ebooks or electronic subscription resources, which is handled by the Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian.


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 seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)


To Apply Submit:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications A separate statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your professional experience or personal life or community engagement Resume or CV Copy of unofficial (or copy of official) transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred Contact information for three professional references


Electronically To:


Candidates are required to submit all application documents listed under "To Apply Submit" be uploaded before you can submit your application for consideration. Your application will only be accessible for consideration once all required documents have been submitted.


Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Visa sponsorship not available for this position or for tenure track faculty (Visa sponsorship is available for this position Background checks will be conducted for finalists.


Files must be complete to be considered.


If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Zachary Vickery, Search Chair at


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, 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.


Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive university located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. One of 13 comprehensive colleges and universities in the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system, SUNY Oswego is recognized nationally for its academic quality, focus on student success outcomes, and the growing diversity of its student body. Ranked among the top public master’s-level universities in the 2023 “Top Regional Universities in the North” by U.S. News and World Report, SUNY Oswego is also recognized among Princeton Review’s Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast – an honor bestowed on the SUNY Oswego every year since 2003.


Inspired by a shared commitment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher education boundaries, SUNY Oswego provides a transformative experience to about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education, and its 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.


Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at


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 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.


Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing


For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery):


SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Further policy details, including education and cessation resources, can be found at:


Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at



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