Cornell University: Public Services Librarian

Cornell University

Position: Public Services Librarian

Deadline: Applications requested by September 15, 2007.

Cornell University Library (CUL) is seeking a highly motivated librarian to join the Nestlé Library's public services team. Nestlé Library provides extensive information and research services in support of the Hotel School’s curriculum and faculty research to the Cornell University community, alumni, and the global hospitality industry. The library staff works closely with other departments in the School including the Center for Hospitality Research, the Dean’s Office, Alumni Affairs, and the Career Services Office.


The Public Services Librarian is responsible for instruction services for internal and external library users; actively provides research services to faculty and students and manages reference related projects. This position is charged with identifying instruction opportunities, setting department instruction goals and building core relationships with major stakeholders in the School to ensure quality curriculum support via student-based instructional efforts. The Public Services Librarian works closely with members of the Reference Team to advance instruction opportunities in the School. Under general administrative oversight of the Nestlé Library Director, this position actively contributes to the library’s outreach activities by establishing strong ties with faculty, effectively communicating with external clients and successfully marketing library services. The librarian in this position must exercise considerable judgment when making decisions, balancing competing priorities and communicating effectively with customers and colleagues.


The Nestlé Library is located in Statler Hall within the School of Hotel Administration, a premier hospitality management school. The Hotel School is home to 800 undergraduates from 43 countries, 110 graduate students (Master's and Ph.D. degrees), and more than 1,700 industry professionals from 90 countries enrolled in executive education. Each year about 250 industry leaders visit the School to lecture, confer, and offer guidance to our students. With 50+ full-time teaching faculty, the Cornell Hotel School has the world's largest group of scholars focused on hospitality management. The library staff consists of three librarians, including the Director who has a joint appointment as Director of Special Projects in CUL; two additional reference staff, and 2.6 FTE circulation staff. The library also hires approximately 20 part-time students.


MLS or relevant graduate degree. Excellent customer service attitude and evidence of strong customer service skills. Strong interpersonal, organizational, computer literacy and communications/instruction skills. Evidence of initiative, commitment, and creativity in the area of library and database instruction. Fluent spoken and written English language skills.


Previous experience with library instruction or teaching, and previous public services and/or reference experience in an academic library. Specific subject knowledge and/or graduate coursework in hospitality and/or business or related field. Evidence of innovative uses and applications of information technology resources.

Application Procedure:

Applications requested by September 15, 2007. To apply for this position go to, search under the job category of Librarians, and select posting number 07255. 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 immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

For further information, contact Susan Markowitz, Director of Library Human Resources, 201 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5301.

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.