About SUNY Oswego:

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at www.oswego.edu.

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing hr@oswego.edu.  

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SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Please click here for further policy details, including education and cessation resources.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.   

Job Description:

Description of Department:

Penfield Library is a dynamic, innovative, and learning-centered environment serving students, faculty and staff at SUNY Oswego. The Library supports campus curriculum, teaching, and research, with a liaison program that provides collection development, specialized reference, and information literacy instruction in all curricular areas. The Library is a member of the SUNY Library Consortium as well as the ACRL Diversity Alliance (http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/diversityalliance). Staffing consists of sixteen full-time faculty and professionals, six adjunct faculty, and fifteen classified staff. The Library is in a time of change, adjusting workflows and roles with a newly implemented library services platform, reexamining our organizational structure in the face of numerous retirements, exploring new ways of engaging with faculty and new campus partnerships, and planning for future building renovations.

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. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

The Penfield Library at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a   Research, Instruction & Liaison Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) position. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position.

Date Posted: January 24, 2020

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty, click here or visit http://www.suny.edu/benefits/

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Date of Appointment: As soon as possible

Description of Responsibilities:

The Research, Instruction & Liaison Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) at Penfield Library will:

  • Serve as a core instruction librarian, sharing responsibility for information literacy, multimedia creation, and assessment of the library instruction program.
  • Design teaching materials and learning objects.
  • Deliver instruction using best practices for learning, teaching, and information literacy; apply imagination and motivation to create innovative one-shot lesson plans.
  • Collaborate closely with faculty, librarians and other university personnel in order to integrate and assess information literacy in a variety of majors.
  • Contribute to the development of new library initiatives.
  • Serve as liaison 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.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan (https://www.oswego.edu/diversity/). As such, the Research, Instruction & Liaison Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Librarianship/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program by time of appointment.
  • Minimum one year instruction experience.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to and use new technologies and software.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated interest or engagement with social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, through professional or community experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of the ACRL Framework or other best practices in pedagogy, particularly in information literacy instruction.
  • Knowledge of assessment principles.
  • Experience engaging in outreach initiatives that expand, improve, and promote library services.
  • Experience with reference service and/or collection development.

Additional Information:

If you have any questions, please e-mail:

Michelle Bishop, Search Committee Chair

michelle.bishop @oswego.edu

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment.

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:

  • Cover letter addressing the qualifications, including how you would take initiative to contribute to diversity, inclusion or equity issues at Penfield Library or SUNY Oswego
  • CV/resume
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred or program in progress
  • Contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically by clicking on the APPLY NOW button on the website.

Post expires on Thursday March 26th, 2020