Friday, October 22, 2010

Life Sciences Librarian: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cornell University, Albert R. Mann Library
Life Sciences Librarian

Albert R. Mann Library, part of the Cornell University Library, is looking for a creative energetic professional who is service oriented, technically skilled, and enjoys working in an innovative work environment. Mann’s recent innovations include development of a data staging repository funded by NSF (DataStaR:, and an institutional discovery system ( which received funding from NIH to expand to a national network ( and has been adopted by the USDA.


Life Sciences Librarian will:

Develop and lead innovative information services for the life sciences research and learning community. Acquire and maintain expertise in information trends in the molecular and life sciences disciplines. Participate in Library and campus research support service initiatives including data curation (DataStaR), the Data Discussion Group, VIVO, and the Syracuse University iSchool/Cornell Library eScience mentorship program.

Partner with faculty to develop an embedded information literacy program for the recently redesigned undergraduate biology curriculum. Deliver public services to the Cornell community including reference and consulting services and instruction in information management.

Maintain relationships with other Life Sciences units such as the Institute for Biotechnology and Life Science Technologies, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, and the Weill Cornell Medical College.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science AND/OR post-baccalaureate degree in the life sciences. Subject background in molecular or biomedical fields, or related discipline, demonstrated through course work or substantive experience.

Familiarity with software and tools for information management.

Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. Must enjoy providing services to a diverse audience. Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, and ability to work independently and collaboratively. Commitment to professional development.
Helpful: Familiarity with techniques for data management and manipulation. Work experience in an academic setting, and/or instructional experience, especially in the area of curriculum design, information literacy and/or innovative STEM education.

Environment: Albert R. Mann Library has a long commitment to providing innovative information services. The Library’s collection of agricultural, life sciences and related social sciences materials serves the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Human Ecology, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. Mann Library is an integral part of the Cornell University Library. The recently renovated building is the vibrant hub for our primary Colleges. We provide leadership in the life sciences library community through projects such as VIVO (, DataStaR (, the USDA Economics, Statistics, and Market Information System (, the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (, and the TEEAL and Research4Life programs which provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content (

Background: Cornell University is an Ivy League comprehensive research university located in Ithaca in the scenic 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 university comprises 14 schools with over 2,700 faculty members and nearly 21,600 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The Cornell University Library is a vigorous professional organization with a strong track record in innovation and service quality. It contains nearly 8 million printed volumes, 99,000 current serials in print or online, over 650,000 additional networked electronic resources, and rich materials in other formats. The Library was a recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position go to the url Follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin November 29, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.