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Thursday, September 22, 2016

[LIBJOBS] USA - Hamilton, NY - Associate University Librarian for Professional Development and Scholarly Communication, Colgate University Libraries

Thank you for the corrections and instruction.  Here is the job re-submitted.

MIchael Sitts
Serials Paraprofessional
Colgate University

Title: Associate University Librarian
Reports to: University Librarian

The Colgate University Libraries seek a collaborative, experienced, forward-thinking leader as Associate University Librarian.   Reporting to the University Librarian and serving on the senior management team, the Associate University Librarian assists the University Librarian with overall administration of the libraries particularly insuring that plans for the libraries' strategic initiatives are communicated to all library stakeholders and are well planned, implemented, and assessed.  Additionally, this position provides leadership, vision, and management for two important areas:  (1) develop and sustain the Colgate Libraries' staff and faculty library professional development program and (2) lead efforts to design systematic and sustainable approaches to scholarly communications outreach, manage the Digital Commons Repository, and design new services that support the broadest possible dissemination of scholarly output.  Supports the University Librarian in vetting and advancing new ideas, initiatives, and strategic plans and fostering a culture of collaboration and communication.


Support for Libraries Leadership and Administration (25%)

  • Work closely with the University Librarian to develop and implement the libraries' vision and goals and communicating these to faculty, college administration, students, staff, community members, and donors.
  • Assume operational responsibilities of the University Librarian in her absence.
  • Work collaboratively with University Librarian, department heads, and other library personnel to plan, develop, and implement new services, initiatives, and projects
  • Serve on the University Librarian's senior management team and participate in strategic planning.
  • Participate in grant-writing initiatives.
  • Participate in committee assignments within the Library, on campus, and in professional associations (local, regional, and/or national)

Library Staff and Faculty Professional Development (25%)

Working closely with the University Librarian, provide leadership, vision, and management to develop and sustain the job-related continuing education of employees in the libraries. 

  • Maintain and share with library staff and faculty a current awareness of national trends and developments by participating in appropriate conferences, workshops, activities, and scholarly research pertaining to library staff and faculty professional development. 
  • Coordinate in-house professional development opportunities for librarians and library staff on a range of topics.
  • Activities that may be included are certification and licensure; competencies; conferences, workshops, meetings; continuing education; diversity in the workplace; mentoring; management and supervision; on the job training; and recruitment and retention.

Scholarly Communications (20%)

Provide leadership, vision, and management of the Libraries scholarly communication program

  • Advise and educate the campus community on issues related to scholarly publishing, including author rights, open access (OA) publishing, open educational resources (OER), and current and emerging publishing trends especially within the context of the university's institutional repository managed by the libraries
  • Oversee the Libraries' role in the life cycle of scholarship from acquiring, describing, and creating it to discovery, delivery, and preservation and work collaboratively with department heads to identify and implement the strategic directions for library departments directly engaged in this enterprise.
  • Oversee development of and administer Colgate's institutional repository, including copyright permissions, metadata creation, and uploading of content created by students, faculty, and other university employees
  • Maintain and share with library staff and faculty a current awareness of national trends and developments by participating in appropriate conferences, workshops, activities, and scholarly research pertaining to the evolving publishing landscape and scholarly communication trends 

Research and Instruction Support: (20%)

Serve as liaison librarian to one or more departments

  • Engage faculty and students in dialogue about disciplinary research practices and curricular information needs, as well as best practices in developing information literacy among students
  • Participate in library collection management and assessment activities, in order to develop collections that meet current and future user needs
  • Seek opportunities to collaborate and establish partnerships in order to support student success

Provide general reference service and individual research consultations by appointment across all disciplines for the Colgate University community as well as members of the general public. Weekly shift plus 1-2 Sunday afternoon/evenings/semester.

Design and implement strategic and pedagogically appropriate instruction for library users through a variety of methods 

  • Apply knowledge of learning theory, instructional design, and assessment practices to deliver effective instructional experiences for students
  • Engage faculty in planning, developing, and assessing information literacy instruction
  • Practice reflective teaching through use of instructional improvement tools (such as peer evaluation)
  • Develop web-based guides, tutorials, or other instructional resources

In addition to specific jobs responsibilities, all library faculty (10%):

  1. Participate in the faculty liaison program in order to promote and sustain a cooperative and consultative relationship between the library and academic departments.
  2. Work cooperatively and in partnership with the Head of Collection Development and faculty in assigned departments to develop and manage the collection.
  3. Participate in library faculty governance.
  4. Participate in University governance and/or serves the University in other ways as appropriate.
  5. Demonstrate an active commitment to the library profession as described in the Library Faculty Handbook.


It is expected that all Colgate University Libraries faculty and staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These are: customer focus; collaboration; effective team skills; creative problem-solving; continuous learning; and a commitment to inclusion.


  • Master's Degree from an ALA-accredited library school or program.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in library management and public services. 
  • Two years of direct supervision of support staff and/or librarians. 
  • Strong organizational skills and written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a dynamic environment
  • Strong service orientation with the ability to interact positively with students, faculty, and the public.


  • Demonstrated understanding of library staff and faculty professional development
  • Experience working with scholarly communications responsibilities, including knowledge of open access issues, library publishing, author rights and copyright, and institutional repositories. 
  • Experience with bepress Digital Commons publishing platform.
  • Experience with information literacy instruction, including creation and assessment of student learning goals and active learning lesson design.
  • Reference desk experience. 
  • Experience working in an academic library.

Application instructions can be found at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and provide email addresses for three references, including current supervisor. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe how they have or would propose to work in a diverse environment. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview.

Review of application materials will begin on October 21, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


Colgate is a highly selective private liberal arts university located in Hamilton, NY, and is an EO/AA employer.  Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the University's educational mission.  Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applicants with dual career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at

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