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Cornell University – Business Research Librarian

Business Research Librarian for the Nestlé Library

The Nestlé Library seeks creative, energetic, forward-thinking candidates for the professional position of Business Research Librarian. The library serves Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration (SHA), a business management program with a focus on the hospitality industry, including operations, marketing, finance, management, and real estate. In addition to traditional library services, the Nestlé Library welcomes candidates with a keen eye towards innovative and user-focused programs to promote the library to SHA students, faculty, and staff. Above all, candidates must be excited by the opportunity to develop the programs and services needed for the 21st century digital information environment at the premier hospitality management school.

The successful candidate will provide research, instruction, collection development, and outreach services to the SHA community as one of two librarians in the Nestlé Library.  The Nestlé librarians are members of the larger research and learning services team within the Hospitality, Labor, and Management (HLM) Library, which serves Cornell’s specialized business and labor schools, including the Industrial and Labor Relations School and the Johnson Graduate School of Management.

The School of Hotel Administration integrates a diverse group of undergraduate, professional, and graduate students, faculty, staff, and practitioners to provide a unique educational experience. As the only Ivy League business management program to focus on the hospitality industry, SHA actively prepares students to be leaders in a dynamic global industry.


  • Reporting to the Coordinator of Research Services, the SHA Research Librarian is responsible for:
  • Providing direct research assistance to the School of Hotel Administration community;
  • Designing, teaching  and assessing instruction sessions, including working with faculty to develop curriculum-integrated instructional programs;
  • Providing outreach using traditional and innovative methods;
  • Developing and maintaining an expertise in hospitality and business information resources;
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders in the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library; and
  • Participating actively in professional organizations, library, and university committees, and scholarly pursuits.



  • An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree.
  • At least 1 year of experience in an academic or special library.
  • Experience using and teaching others to use library resources, databases, etc.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.
  • Ability to resolve competing demands in an environment of fast-paced change.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills.
  • Evidence of a strong service ethic and customer-focused thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a service-oriented environment.
  • Model and maintain the HLM Library’s core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant public services experience in a business library.
  • Advanced degree or coursework in hospitality, business, or related fields.
  • Experience with emerging technologies and their application in libraries and higher education.

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