Director of Research & Learning Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2013-05-07

Employer: Olin and Uris Libraries at Cornell University

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Under the general direction of the Director of Olin and Uris Libraries, the Director of the Department of Research and Learning Services (R&LS) in Olin and Uris Libraries provides leadership, guidance, expertise, encouragement, and inspiration to a department whose mission is to enable and enhance the academic pursuits of Cornell faculty and students.     The R&LS Department consists of 14 librarians, 7 staff members and a number of student workers. The department provides reference, instruction, collection development, outreach, and liaison services in the humanities and social sciences, using our research collections of electronic, print, map, and media resources. The primary user population comprises students, faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences, but the department also serves the entire Cornell patron base in researching, teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences.   The Director will play a critical role in charting the future directions of public services in Olin and Uris Libraries, as well as the entire Cornell University Library system and must therefore be an exceptional advocate for our current and anticipated future patron needs, versatile as a leader and manager, flexible in outlook, and an excellent team player.   Responsibilities:  

  • Develop strategic directions for information, research and outreach services;
  • Supervise and develop professional and classified staff;
  • Oversee reference, instruction, and outreach activities;
  • Foster effective working relationships with library and academic colleagues;
  • Enhance and assess service quality;
  • Collaborate with other academic support units to develop and implement programs that enhance teaching and learning;
  • Play a key role in library-wide planning initiatives;
  • Serve as liaison to one or more departments or programs in the social sciences;
  • Engage actively in research, presentation and publication efforts both within Cornell and in the national arena.


  •  An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree.
  • Strong leadership track record, be forward-looking and communicate a clear vision;
  • Successful managerial experience;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Commitment to integrating library reference and instruction services into the life of the academic community to support its teaching and learning missions;
  • Capacity to work with a wide-range of patrons—undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars;
  • Have enthusiasm, energy and a passionate commitment to public services in a major research library in one of the nation’s premier universities.

 Preferred Qualifications:

 A background in the social sciences is preferred. 

Archived on: 2013-06-30