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Student Shadow Adrienne Canino Reflects on the 2018 Spring Conference
Student Shadow Adrienne Canino Reflects on the 2018 Spring Conference

Student Shadow Adrienne Canino Reflects on the 2018 Spring Conference

Upstate New York Special Library Association Annual Conference, 2018 The 2018 UNYSLA Annual Conference, Lead From Where You Are, was an exciting opportunity for a soon to be librarian to spend a day as a student shadow. I wish to express my deep gratitude to the UNYSLA Board for the opportunity to spend a whole […]

Thank you to our attendees, sponsors, student shadows, and board members for coordinating the UNYSLA Spring Conference: Lead From Where You Are. Check back later this year for information on future conferences.

User Experience Librarian, SUNY Albany (Albany, NY)

User Experience Librarian

The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seek applications for an energetic, flexible, and innovative User Experience Librarian. This position will report to the Head of the Reference and Research Services Department.


· Collaborates with and leads the Website Development Team in maintaining a functional, attractive and usable website and mobile website.

· Conducts website accessibility audits and tracks website usage.

· Plans and coordinates usability assessment for digital and physical library resources and spaces.

· Serves on the Online Public Interface Committee and collaborates with colleagues to enhance the interfaces of all the University Libraries’ discovery products and systems.

· Stays abreast of trends related to user-centered design and works collaboratively with colleagues to implement projects and programs designed to improve users’ experience of the University Libraries.

· Participates in initiatives of the Reference and Research Services Department.

· Provides general reference service during assigned hours at the reference desk in the University Library (may include evenings and weekends) to students, faculty, staff and community users, in person, by phone, via chat, and through the Personalized Assistance with Searching (PAWS) consultation service.

· Research, publication, and service to the Libraries, University and profession are expected to satisfy criteria for continuing appointment (tenure) and promotion.

Academic rank: Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian (rank will be determined by the successful candidate’s qualifications)

For additional information, including qualification requirements and application instructions:

Application deadline: January 19, 2018

The University at Albany is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer.

About the University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses. Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City, and the Adirondacks.

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Visual Materials Cataloger/Assistant Archivist, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Under the direction of the Technical Services Archivist in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Visual Materials Cataloger works to provide greater access to both analog and digital photographic collections in the special collections of Cornell University Library and the photographic holdings of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. In creating descriptions across the collections, the cataloger will work to bring together the different approaches to descriptive practice currently utilized by the library and museum and communities. In the Library, the cataloger will identify photographic materials across collections and create descriptions based on archival standards and best practices to facilitate access and use, with a particular focus on photography in designated subject areas, including land and environment, labor, civil rights, and Asia. In the Museum, the cataloger will perform item-level cataloging for photographic collections using accepted standards and appropriate controlled vocabularies.  To enable discovery across the Library’s and Museum’s collections, the cataloger will work to ensure descriptions are consistent and compatible with relevant discovery platforms. 

This position is a two-year benefits-eligible term appointment

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of advanced degree and related experience.
  • One to two years of experience working in a special collections or museum setting.
  • Experience arranging and describing photographic and visual materials in an archival or museum setting according to accepted national standards, including DACS, EAD, and MARC.Experience creating and updating item-level metadata using accepted standards and vocabularies such as LC, ULAN, AAT, TGM, and others.
  • Knowledge of the history of photography, photographic materials and processes, and the proper handling, care, and storage of photographic and visual materials.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise and/or interest in environmental, labor, American, or Asian studies.
  • Degree in history or a related discipline
  • Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace, eMuseum, or similar applications.

Internal Number: WDR-00013078

Application Procedure:  Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references (preferred as one PDF document) at this link.  Deadline for applications is December 14, 2017.

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Public Services Librarian, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

The Nestlé Library seeks creative, energetic, forward-thinking candidates for the professional position of Public Services Librarian in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration (SHA). The successful candidate will provide instruction, research, liaison, and outreach services to the SHA community as one of two librarians in the Nestlé Library. The Nestlé librarians work closely as members of the Business & Hospitality Research Services (BHRS) team, which includes library staff from the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management. In addition to traditional library services, the Nestlé Library welcomes candidates with a keen eye towards innovative and user-focused programs to promote the library to SHA students, faculty, and staff.

The Public Services Librarian:

  • Designs, teaches, assesses, and explores technologies to support instruction sessions for the SHA community, including working with faculty to develop curriculum-integrated instructional programs.
  • Provides in-person and online research assistance to Cornell researchers with business and hospitality information needs.
  • Contributes actively to team building, goal setting, and long term planning.
  • Cultivates personal subject knowledge and skills through self-directed learning and vendor training, supported by team coaching and mentoring.
  • Collaborates in providing innovative public services that positively impact SHA and the larger Johnson College of Business community.
  • Participates in Cornell University Library committee work and develops leadership efforts in the same.
  • Enhances the profession at large by assuming leadership positions in professional associations and/or contributing to the expansion of knowledge through professional writing and presentations.

For more detailed information or to refer interested candidates, please visit the link above. If you currently work at Cornell and wish to apply, please login to Workday and click on the “Career” icon. Additional information for applying as an internal candidate may be found here.

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Reference & Research Services Librarian, Upstate Health Sciences Library (Syracuse, NY)

The Upstate Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks a Reference & Research Services Librarian.  The successful candidate will be an innovative and creative individual that looks forward to working with a variety of customer groups, including but not limited to, researchers, residents, students, and faculty to develop and grow services that support the research and academic programs of Upstate Medical University.

This job is for you if you:

  • Enjoy providing excellent customer service
  • Enjoy providing reference and instruction services
  • Are adaptable to an ever changing environment

On the job you will:

  • Provide reference services including literature searches, reference desk coverage, individual and group instruction, tours and orientations
  • Utilize citation management tools
  • Develop services for the students and faculty in the College of Graduate Studies
  • Participate on Library and University wide committees

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA accredited Master’s degree in library information science or commensurate degree with at least one year of relevant experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and service orientation
  • Experience developing, coordinating, implementing, and assessing library service programs in reference & instruction
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships and work collaboratively with faculty and staff outside of the library

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic or health sciences library
  • Knowledge of trends surrounding open access, copyright issues in the academic setting, and scholarly communications
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice and health sciences resources (i.e. PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL)
  • Experience with bibliographic citation managers (RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley)
  • Knowledge of the scientific research process

Salary & Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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Apply online:

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Archivist and Instructional Services Librarian, SUNY Cortland (Cortland, NY)

College Archivist
Responsible for the management and administration of the College Archives, a repository of historical materials (physical and digital) relating to the founding, development, and ongoing work of SUNY Cortland; organize and process collections to include digitization of materials, creation of finding aids, acquisition of new collections and recommendation of preservation strategies; promote awareness of College Archives through outreach and instructional activities; assist campus, external community and researchers in using the collection; manage the ongoing development of the library’s digital repository, Digital Commons.

Instruction and Reference Services
Provides reference services at a desk, via technology, and by appointment. May work evenings and weekends as appropriate; serves as a liaison to selected departments; provides general and specialized instruction to faculty and students in the department; participates in the library’s information literacy program by teaching sessions, creating tutorials and supplemental instructional materials; selects and evaluates materials to be added to the library’s collections in collaboration with faculty and other library staff; participates in library-wide collection development programs.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s of Library Science from an ALA accredited institution; demonstrated successful working experience in archives and special collections, preferably in an academic setting; experience with teaching information literacy instruction programs and providing reference services; familiarity with professional standards, best practices, and emerging technologies in both libraries and archives.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with digital repositories such as Dspace, Digital Commons and ContentDM; demonstrated understanding of the issues involved in the use and preservation of digital collections, both reformatted and born-digital; knowledge of best practices in information literacy instruction; strong organizational and project management skills; ability to work successfully both as an active, collaborative team member and independently.

THE DEPARTMENT: Memorial Library is a student-centered service that combines library research services and collections with technology services and support. The Library is the instructional and communication point of contact for Information Resources. The Director of Libraries reports to the Associate Provost for Information Resources and is part of the Information Resources Directors Council.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: For a detailed job description or to apply online go to:

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Lead Programmer/Analyst (Information Technology Specialist), Buffalo University Libraries (Buffalo, NY)

The University Libraries seek a service-oriented, collaborative IT professional to join a team of technology professionals who are the frontline technical support and primary information resource for the computing and networking needs of the Libraries’ faculty and staff.  In this role, you will provide support for PC hardware, software and peripherals in a networked environment and be responsible for continuous support and maintenance of a Windows-based virtual server environment that provides a standard suite of software, file sharing, anti-virus protection, and networked laser printing. You will also deliver technical support for instructional facilities and conference rooms located within the Libraries. As an active member of the university’s IT community, you will collaborate with UB Information Technology staff to resolve persistent technical problems that arise in the Libraries and to request additional technology-related services.
We’d be excited to know if you also have the following skills and experience:
·         A bachelor’s degree in a computer-related discipline;
·         At least two years of relevant work experience in a business, academic, or technology setting;
·         Familiarity with the mission and operation of a large academic research library;
·         Knowledge of Linux and Unix;
·         Knowledge of current web technologies and experience with CSS, XHTML, Javascript, PHP, MySQL, and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS).

To apply:
All applicants must apply via the UBJobs Web site. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Visit and search for posting number P1700221. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience in their cover letter with specific reference to the minimum qualifications of the position. Please provide contact information for three professional references, including email addresses, at the end of your cover letter.
Applications will be accepted through 12/06/2017.

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Information Literacy Librarian, Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)

The Libraries at Syracuse University is seeking to hire an Information Literacy Librarian. Details below:


Job Description

The Information Literacy (IL) Librarian is responsible for creating, developing, overseeing and coordinating the Syracuse University Libraries information Literacy program. Working with faculty members, librarians, and University staff as appropriate, the IL Librarian will establish a new Libraries program that contributes directly to the University’s competency-based strategies for undergraduate excellence as outlined in the University’s academic strategic plan. This program will directly support the proposed Syracuse University 4+4 (institutional learning outcomes that include creative reasoning, critical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, applied and collaborative learning ability, civic and global abilities, communicative ability, and information and technology ability) and/or other programs designed to align with learning outcomes outlined in the Middle States Accreditation Standards. This program will provide an organizational infrastructure for existing Libraries-based information literacy efforts; provide training, quality assurance, and assessment for those efforts; and develop new program content including media and digital literacy components as appropriate. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Information Literacy Librarian works in close collaboration with all Libraries departments that provide information literacy and instructional services, ensuring the delivery of high quality information literacy instruction.



  • Masters of Library Science or equivalent
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in higher education, instructional design, or related field; or equivalent
  • Three years’ experience designing and delivering information literacy instruction in a higher education environment


Job Specific Qualifications

  • Ability to collaborate effectively and diplomatically within the Libraries and across the University
  • Ability to encourage, lead and empower other teaching librarians
  • Ability to design instructional materials, and develop learning outcomes, assessment tools and learning objects across diverse learning environments. Learning environments can include face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.
  • Ability to assess the success and impact of learning experiences and makes appropriate adjustments to improve student engagement and learning.
  • Solid understanding of learning theory, pedagogical practices such as backward design, outcomes alignment and assessment methodology, as well as technical skill in creating digital instructional materials.
  • Ability to analyze the instructional environment, and targets instruction delivery toward appropriate audiences.
  • Ability to Identify learning needs of students, and creatively addresses identified needs across multiple contexts drawing on a repertoire of tools, methods, and theories.
  • Ability to define goals and outcomes for learning experiences.
  • Ability to create innovative and appealing lessons with supporting instructional materials aligned with and supporting learning outcomes.



Leadership and Collaboration

  • Provide vision, strategy and goals to direct the Libraries’ teaching and learning initiatives, including leading the planning, promotion, and assessment of the Libraries’ Information Literacy (IL) Program
  • Create IL program infrastructure including policies, procedures, tools, and resources to support Libraries personnel in their instructional efforts and to ensure that the program meets quality standards
  • Lead the Information Literacy Team, consisting of librarians from throughout the Libraries
  • Contribute directly to the University’s efforts to meet Middle States accreditation standards by working with faculty and librarians to integrate information literacy (including media and digital literacy) into the syllabi and assignments for courses
  • Work to deepen the curricular integration of a broad array of Libraries expertise, such as content, copyright, information retrieval and analysis, instructional design, eLearning, digital scholarship, data management, collaboration, use of primary sources, and scholarly communication
  • Identify and foster partnership opportunities to enhance student learning, inside and outside of the classroom
  • Identify opportunities for partnership between the Libraries and relevant campus departments on issues of learning and inclusion
  • Identify opportunities to increase the Libraries’ involvement in faculty development around teaching practice, curricular and course design, and experiential learning


For complete description and application procedures, see:

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Head of Collection Development, Binghamton University Libraries (Binghamton, NY)

The Binghamton University Libraries seeks an experienced librarian to provide leadership for building and enriching our research collection. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in developing innovative collections analysis methods and development strategies in support of teaching and research. This is a tenure-track faculty position.


Binghamton University Libraries offers strong support for professional growth and development. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. You will be offered an excellent benefits package, including generous vacation/holidays.


The Libraries support the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research and working environment. Underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Binghamton University is part of the State University of New York system. Located near major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C., the Greater Binghamton region is a safe, friendly and affordable community. To learn more, visit


Salary and rank is commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin October 26. The search will remain open until the position is filled.  Binghamton University official job listing – click to apply.


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