As part of a collaborative Rakow Research Library administrative team, the Associate Librarian, Public Services oversees the Library’s Public Services Team and provides a vision for innovative, user-focused reference, outreach, and programming to a world-wide patron base.
The Associate Librarian manages reference, access services, outreach and instruction. Recruits new employees and supports and empowers an existing team of skilled and professional staff. Works with Library and Museum staff to provide strategic planning and assessment for an organization that embraces technology, fosters community engagement, and supports scholarship, discovery and resource sharing. Represents the Rakow Library and The Corning Museum of Glass in professional organizations and conferences at the state and national level.
- Oversees and provides leadership for all aspects of the Library’s public services and provides leadership for reference, access services, outreach and Library instruction.
- Hires, mentors, supervises and supports development of a skilled public services staff.
- Serves on the Library’s administrative team and acts as a liaison between public services and other Museum and Library departments.
- Advocates for and communicates about Library programs, services, collections, and exhibitions within the Museum and externally.
- With the Chief Librarian, creates and monitors the budget for Public Services.
- Works collaboratively across library departments to develop and implement policies and procedures that reflect current professional standards.
- Supports a rich and varied outreach program, including Library participation in social media outlets, traditional publishing, presentations to external groups, and collaborative projects with partner institutions.
- Participates in the Library’s reference, instruction and outreach programs, including answering reference questions as necessary.
- Serves on Museum-wide committees; participates in Museum projects and exhibitions.
- ALA accredited master’s degree.
- Experience working as a public service or reference librarian in a research or special library.
- One to two years’ supervisory experience; excellent supervisory and leadership skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of public service trends in research libraries.
- Demonstrated understanding of relevant current and emerging information technology. Experience working with library systems and tools such as Alma, Primo, LibAnswers, LibGuides and Piction.
- Experience working with special collections, archives, rare books and art collections preferred.
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to represent the Museum professionally in professional organizations and at conferences.
- Excellent interpersonal and project management skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library, www.cmog.org/research/library, of The Corning Museum of Glass is the world’s foremost library on the art, history and science of glass and glassmaking. Its mission is to maintain a comprehensive collection on the subject of glass, in multiple formats and languages. The Library’s rich collections include books dating to the 12th century, periodicals, an extensive digital collection, over 20,000 works of art on paper and 190 archives. The Library offers reference assistance to glass enthusiasts, researchers and scholars worldwide through its in-person and virtual reference services. The Library has a staff of over 20 FTE and is open to the public seven days a week. For more about the Rakow Library, read Behind the Scenes at the Rakow Research Library at blog.cmog.org/2015/04/16/behind-the-scenes-at-the-rakow-research-library-for-national-library-week/.