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Instruction Librarian / Electronic Resources

SUNY Cobleskill
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 23, 2023

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Company Description:

As a premier institution in agriculture and technology, SUNY Cobleskill calls all learners to grow, to sustain, and to renew the world and its citizens. The College acts as a reflection of, and a catalyst for, advancement in our fields. With an emphasis on applied learning and experiential education, SUNY Cobleskill prepares students for successful careers, advanced studies, and engaged citizenship.  

Founded in 1911, SUNY Cobleskill enrolls approximately 2000 students in 55 diverse majors. The campus sets the standard for applied education that extends theory into practice. SUNY Cobleskill is a community characterized by empathy, inclusivity, respect, personal growth, integrity, and a collaborative spirit fostering well-being and sustainable practices. We recognize and celebrate student, faculty and staff achievements. We take pride in our campus and encourage collaboration with our surrounding communities.

Our modern, 902-acre campus features outstanding educational facilities, including an equestrian center, 200-cow dairy facility, cold and warm water fish hatcheries, specialized classrooms and scientific laboratories, two state-of-the-art culinary arts teaching kitchens, child development and childcare centers, and an art gallery and graphic design center. 

Drawing on a rich academic tradition that spans more than 100 years, our purpose remains constant; to educate future entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, educators, and practitioners to contribute to the sustainability of a healthy and prosperous societal existence in concert with a robust environment. 

Job Description:

This is a full-time 11-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Librarian. The eleven months need not be contiguous. Depending on the needs of the library. The incumbent will manage the library's electronic resource lifecycle and keep current on emerging trends in e-resources management and scholarly communications. They will participate with other librarians in virtual and face-to-face reference, instruction, and collection development. As a full-time tenure-track faculty member, the librarian will be expected to serve on library and campus governance committees as part of meeting the requirements for obtaining continuing appointment (tenure).


  • Manages the full lifecycle of electronic resources including databases, e-books, e-journals, and the library website using Ex Libris Alma, OCLC, and other systems.
  • Develops workflows, best practices, and documentation to manage electronic resources.
  • Troubleshoots technical issues with electronic resources and coordinates the resolution of problems with vendors and the college's Information Technology Services.
  • Promotes electronic resources and coordinates opportunities for librarians, students, faculty, and staff to learn about existing and new resources.
  • Promotes Open Educational Resources and scholarly communications.
  • Shares up to 25% of instructional requests with the Coordinator of Reference & Instruction.
  • Serves as a subject liaison, including outreach, reference, instruction, and collection development.
  • Organizes or leads workshops, crafts LibGuides, and conducts other forms of outreach.
  • Provides Reference Desk and chat reference coverage during assigned hours. Shares on-call reference with reference coordinator as scheduled.
  • Participates in occasional evening and weekend duties.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in Librarianship/Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Familiarity with electronic resources management systems and related library systems.
  • Experience teaching information literacy sessions.
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to meet the requirements for tenure.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the ability to collaborate efficiently and effectively on shared projects in our multicultural library and university community.

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the aforementioned minimum qualifications, it is preferred the candidate also have: 

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and to coordinate complicated workflows
  • Experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Experience with html and css, and other web standards.
  • Familiarity with scholarly communications and open research and learning.

Additional Information:

  • The salary for this position is $55,000. 
  • This is a full-time, term, 11-month tenure-track position.
  • This position offers full New York State benefits which are some of the most comprehensive in the country.
  • SUNY Cobleskill is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community for our students and employees. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of the background check.
  • This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

SUNY Cobleskill is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring equal educational and employment opportunity and access to services, programs and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or any other legally protected status.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation during the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Office at (518) 255-5514.

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   

SUNY Cobleskill's Tile IX Coordinator is Amanda Clark, who can be contacted via phone at 518-255-5445, email at, or mailing address of SUNY Cobleskill,  Knapp Hall Room 123, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

Application Instructions:

The application review process will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Priority is given to applications submitted by April 20, 2023.

A complete application consists of the following:

1. Letter of application, addressing qualifications, position responsibilities, and college values  
2. Current CV or Resume
3. Names, emails and phone numbers of at least three professional references, preferably former supervisors 

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