Job Description:

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.

Penfield library is committed to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We are actively working to build an inclusive environment by setting goals that directly reflect equity and inclusivity, and supporting the goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan, available at All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a 12-month, tenure track Senior Assistant Librarian position.

Posting Date: June 29, 2017

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. Click here for more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty or click here for a benefits summary.

Date of Appointment:  August 2017

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Assume a leadership role in providing access to electronic resources, including: administration such as interface changes and technical issues; maintaining and generating usage reports to support collection development decisions; and assisting with database trials.
  • Manage and administer the library’s discovery tool, integrated knowledge base, and OpenURL link resolver.
  • Promote the use of electronic resources and identify training opportunities within the library.
  • Collaborate on leading the review and evaluation of electronic resources.
  • Maintain EZProxy, including updating stanzas and user files, and monitoring trouble reports and server logs.
  • Provide day-to-day maintenance of website and intranet; collaborate with Coordinator of Library Technology and other stakeholders on web redesigns and usability testing.
  • Provide backup technical support for the institutional repository.
  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction.
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and virtual reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.
  • Engage in educational opportunities and work to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

In addition, this position will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in librarianship, scholarship, and service; commitment to undergraduate and graduate education; and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Librarianship/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program by time of appointment.
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS, and at least one programming/scripting language.
  • Awareness of accessibility standards with websites and online resources.
  • Knowledge of supporting electronic resource lifecycle activities.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to and use emerging library technologies and software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with supporting electronic resource lifecycle activities.
  • Experience with discovery systems, link resolvers, and proxy server configurations.
  • Experience with Drupal.
  • Experience with PHP, MySQL, and/or JavaScript.
  • Experience with reference service, collection development and/or instruction.

Additional Information:

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

Emily Mitchell, Search Committee Chair

(315) 312-3540


Official transcripts are required prior to hiring. Files must be complete to be considered.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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