SUNY Potsdam College Libraries are pleased to announce that we’re hiring two new members of our team. The formal bits:
Information Literacy Librarian
SUNY Potsdam seeks a service-oriented, intellectually curious librarian to join our Information Literacy instruction team in support of the learning, research, and outreach needs of the College Libraries community. This is an ideal opportunity for a librarian interested in the blend of tradition and experimentation, and for an individual whose interests lie in joining a small academic library committed to supporting teaching and learning in a dynamic and transparent working environment.
For a full position description and required qualifications, see: https://employment.potsdam.edu/postings/2899
Metadata and Subscription Resources Librarian
SUNY Potsdam seeks a service-oriented and intellectually curious librarian to serve as Metadata and Subscription Resources Librarian (MSR). Reporting to the Director of Libraries, the MSR Librarian will provide leadership and vision for the Libraries’ management of licensed and subscribed content. As a part of the Collection Development team, and as supervisor to 4 FT Library Clerks, the MSR Librarian will be responsible for licensing, subscribed, and open access content, including access, discovery and maintenance of online and subscription resources. Access will include management of URL resolvers, discovery layers, and other access tools for online resources.
This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced technical services librarian interested in the blending of tradition and experimentation, and for an individual whose interests lie in joining a small academic library committed to supporting teaching and learning in a dynamic and transparent working environment. The successful candidate will be excited by our professional transition away from traditional library cataloging and toward metadata creation in support of print and digital collections, and eager to engage in new opportunities, creative applications of technology, and sustainable project implementation. The MSR Librarian will leverage a strong interest in information users’ values and needs to work with existing traditional cataloging systems in support of the teaching, research, and access needs of the College community.
For a full position description and required qualifications, see: https://employment.potsdam.edu/postings/2900
As a bit of context, in the last 8 months we had three early-career librarians move on to other opportunities very quickly and all unexpectedly, so we’ve been operating on a very tight staffing budget this semester. It’s been hard, but it was useful in that it showed us where our strengths and weakness really are.
So, instead of just rehiring the three previous positions when hiring was authorized, the librarian team instead sat down and debated about what we wanted and needed. That conversation wasn’t just about what we wanted and needed from new colleagues, but about what we wanted and needed from ourselves. In the end, two of our librarians reorganized their own responsibilities, and we redefined these positions, creating two where there once were three, setting aside some responsibilities done by the previous folks in anticipation of future hires, and generally charting a new path forward.
If that sounds like a place you want to work — one where we think about what we do, make adjustments when they seem smart, and adapt on the fly to our ever-changing circumstances — take a look at the ads. We’re good people who are passionate about what we do, and we hope you are, too.
But please, always: look at a map and see where Potsdam, NY really is before you apply…