State University of New York at Oswego — Associate Library Director, Penfield Library

Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for Associate Library Director.

Posting Date: August 29, 2016

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

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP), visit: or

Date of Appointment: On/around January 3, 2017

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Provide vision and leadership for the initiatives of select library units, including Special Collections/Archives and others depending on experience and library needs. This includes supervising personnel and unit operations.
  • Lead library scholarly communication efforts; manage the institutional repository.
  • Assist with library assessment efforts, in support of institutional priorities.
  • Maintain and report library statistics.
  • Serve as library building coordinator. Assist with planning and oversight of construction projects.
  • Participate in search and hiring of new librarians and classified staff.
  • Serve on appropriate library and college committees.
  • In collaboration with Library Director, encourage and oversee library innovation and initiatives.
  • Teach library instruction classes and/or serve as a collection development subject liaison, as needed.
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and electronic reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.
  • In the absence of the Library Director, responsible for all operations of the library, staff supervision, and representation of the library at college functions.

In addition, this position will be expected to possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Sciences from an ALA accredited program, or the equivalent from another country.
  • Five years of experience supervising and/or coordinating professional staff, including a strong record of effective project leadership, problem solving skills, and engagement with complex issues in a changing environment.
  • Experience in a variety of areas of library operations, including some work in public services.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Scholarly and/or professional contributions appropriate to level of experience and position.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written word with key constituencies, including faculty, staff, and students; and the ability to facilitate communication between others.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Experience working effectively with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Experience with/interest in Special Collections.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in scholarly communications topics.
  • Experience with assessment and/or library statistics.
  • Experience with library marketing/promotion.
  • Ability to utilize new technology for librarianship, teaching and scholarship.
  • Experience with/interest in grant writing.

To Apply:  Submit a letter of application addressing all required qualifications, a copy of unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references electronically to:

Files must be complete to be considered.

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

Laura Harris, Search Committee Chair

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.

Description of Department:  Penfield Library is a dynamic, innovative, and learning-centered environment serving students, faculty and staff at SUNY Oswego.  Located at the heart of the campus and online at, the Library is an evolving high tech learning facility that supports campus curriculum, teaching, and research. Sixteen full-time faculty and professionals, 6 adjunct faculty, and 15 classified staff support a well-established liaison program that provides collection development, specialized reference, and information literacy instruction in all curricular areas.

Description of 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.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

SUNY 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 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

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