Assistant Librarian, Southworth Library Learning Commons, State University of New York at Canton, Canton NY


Assistant Librarian


Academic Affairs


Commensurate with Credentials and Experience


Southworth Library Learning Commons at the State University of New York at Canton is recruiting for a full-time Instruction and Assessment Assistant Librarian. The incumbent will work under the direction of the Director of Library Services and be responsible for performing a full range of professional library duties including information-literacy instruction, reference and public service in the Library Learning Commons. The person in this position will be responsible for coordinating, documenting and strategically planning for assessment activities for the Library Learning Commons' services, and will lead the library's efforts in contributing to the infusion of information literacy throughout the curriculum and actively participating in information literacy assessment as a component of general education requirements.

Other Duties Include: Assisting patrons, in person, via telephone, or electronically, in locating, obtaining and effectively using information; providing information on library events, facilities, policies and services; demonstrating and assisting in the use of information resources in all formats; demonstrating and assisting in the use of library equipment; working effectively and collaboratively with other library staff as well as members and groups from the campus community; coordinating bibliographic instruction, including scheduling, preparing instructional materials and/or modules, and teaching classes; coordinating the Library Learning Commons' assessment activities, and managing the library's efforts relating to information literacy assessment in the general education curriculum; sharing collection development responsibilities and serving as faculty liaison in specified departmental or subject areas; and may carry out special projects as per library strategic planning goals and objectives and/or perform related duties as required.


The ideal candidate will be required to possess a Master's degree in Library Science or Library Information Science from a library school accredited by the American Library Association, as well as the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills relevant to a diverse patron group;
  • Thorough knowledge of information retrieval theory and user behavior;
  • Superior research skills and familiarity with a variety of bibliographic and research tools;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, customer-service-oriented, team environment;
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic presentation and instructional delivery skills;
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems common to libraries and the higher education environment;
  • Superior organizational and time management skills.

Preference will be given to candidates possessing: 1-3 years library experience; previous work experience in higher education; familiarity with, background in and expertise with academic library/information literacy assessment; previous instructional delivery experience.

Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references by e-mail to or by US mail to:

Assistant Librarian Recruitment Committee
Human Resources Department
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


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