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Access and Research Services Librarian, Law School

Position Deleted on 4/22/2014. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Ithaca, NY
Admin - Libraries
Full Time

Job: Librarians
Primary Location: Ithaca
Organization: Library, University
Schedule: Full-time
Job Type: Standard
Overtime Status: Exempt
Contact Name: Jackie Beal
Sector: Endowed

Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 600 J.D. students, 84 LL.M. students, 18 J.S.D. students, 57 full-time faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute. The Law Library promotes a challenging environment which supports the use of new technologies with a tradition of excellent services. Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library (CUL) system, and advancement is through the CUL promotion process.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Access Services, the Access and Research Services Librarian is responsible for:

  • Managing the daily operations of the Access Services Department, including circulation, reserves, document delivery, and stacks; 
  • Maintaining an active presence at the circulation desk; 
  • Ensuring a high level of public service by developing, implementing, interpreting, and enforcing policies and procedures; 
  • Supervising Access Services staff, including monitoring and approving time worked, conducting performance evaluations, and coordinating and maintaining departmental communications and cohesion; 
  • Addressing and resolving complex situations with library patrons; 
  • Supervising the recruiting, hiring, training, and scheduling of student workers; 
  • Working closely with other Law Library departments including Reference, Information Management and Collection Development; 
  • Serving as an active member of the Cornell University Library access services committee including representing the interests of the Law Library Access Services Department and coordinating policies and procedures between the units; 
  • Performing research and reference services; 
  • Serving as a liaison to Law School faculty; 
  • Depending upon qualifications, teaching legal research courses as needed; 
  • Participating in library planning committees and task forces and engaging in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities; 
  • Fulfilling additional responsibilities as assigned. 
This position may require some evening or weekend hours.


M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree from ALA accredited institution; two years' experience in an academic or law library access services department or related experience; strong service orientation; strong organization skills and attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse individuals at all levels of a complex organization; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

J.D. from ABA accredited institution; management or supervisory experience; knowledge of legal materials and research strategies; teaching experience.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive. Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Application: Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Position is available July 1, 2014; however, the start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the posting will close on April 21, 2014.

For more information: contact Amy Emerson, Assistant Director for Access Services, 607-255-5441,

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.
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