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SUNY Buffalo – International Languages and Literature Librarian

Job Description – International Languages and Literature Librarian (#1200314 )

The University at Buffalo Libraries seek a creative and dynamic International Languages and Literatures Librarian to play a key role in creating, delivering and assessing user-centered collections and services for faculty, students and researchers in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures and programs in Caribbean Cultural Studies, Canadian Studies, Polish Studies and associated disciplines. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian in an academic research-oriented environment with expectations for research, publication and participation in professional associations. The Librarian will join a team of dedicated librarians and professional staff in the Arts & Sciences Libraries providing collections, information literacy, research consultation, liaison and outreach services to faculty, staff, students and the local and global communities. The Arts & Sciences Libraries – Architecture/Planning, Silverman and Lockwood Memorial – serve the university’s School of Architecture and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Management and School of Social Work and specialized undergraduate academic and service programs.

As the International Languages and Literatures Librarian, the incumbent will: ensure faculty awareness of Libraries’ resources and services by engaging in active and sustained outreach, including establishing a presence in the departments and programs and tailoring outreach to departmental cultures; develop, create, manage and integrate print and electronic collections in International Languages and Literatures, including creating metadata for relevant local digital collections; actively engage with faculty to integrate library resources and information literacy competencies into courses, curricula and programs; develop strong working relationships with faculty to ensure that teaching, research and grant-seeking activities are supported; create, design, present and assess instruction in a variety of formats to meet the needs of diverse user groups, including creating and maintaining online tutorials and research guides; provide reference and research consultation services in person at service desks and in individual appointments, and through electronic communication (chat, email, text); understand emerging trends in librarianship, scholarly communication, data management and new technologies. She/he will be expected to actively participate in library and university committees, task forces, special projects and initiatives and be professionally involved locally, regionally and nationally. The incumbent supports the Libraries’ mission which values open communication, respect for diverse perspectives and good working relationships. The Librarian is based in Lockwood Memorial Library on the University at Buffalo North Campus. Some evening and weekend hours are part of the regular work schedule. The incumbent will report to the Director of Public Services and the Arts & Sciences Libraries.

A Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution is required. A minimum of two years of full-time experience as a librarian in an academic library is required. Knowledge of relevant languages, literatures and cultures is required. Written and oral competencies are required in one or more of the following languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and/or Polish. An understanding and knowledge of current and emerging trends in the disciplines is required. The incumbent must possess a strong service orientation evident in the ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele. Demonstrated commitment to working cooperatively and collaboratively with staff at all levels is essential. The incumbent must possess excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. The incumbent must have a demonstrated commitment to professional development and show evidence of professional scholarly interests and potential to meet the University at Buffalo’s promotion and tenure standards in librarianship, research, service and outreach.

An advanced subject degree in cultural studies or a language is preferred. Experience using social networking technologies to market library resources and services and communicate with library constituents is preferred. Cataloging experience and/or the ability to develop metadata for digital collections is preferred. Teaching or reference experience in a college or university library is desirable. Experience with bibliographic management software is preferred. Knowledge of information literacy competencies in the disciplines is preferred. International travel or study abroad experience is desirable.

Please include contact information for three professional references (names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses) at the end of your cover letter.

Please provide a brief paragraph describing your research and service interests and attach to your application as “Other Document 1.”

Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to faculty and staff from the University Libraries and to select faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences. Review of applicants is currently underway. The position is open until filled.

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