The University at Buffalo Libraries are accepting applications in a continuous recruitment effort to fill current and future Visiting Assistant Librarian positions. These non-tenure track assignments will be filled as full- or part-time positions depending on operational needs. Campus location and library unit will vary based on the assignment. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment to apply.
As a Visiting Assistant Librarian, you may perform a variety of duties that could include any of the following. This depends on the Libraries' operational needs at the time of hire.
Teach workshops and classes to undergraduate and graduate students within academic departments and for the Libraries;
Provide services in support of the Libraries' open educational program;
Assist with the Libraries' scholarly publishing and open education resource initiatives;
Survey, arrange, describe, and process institutional and manuscript collections according to standard archival practices for DACS;
Identify missing or incomplete accession documentation for collections including, but not limited to, deeds of gift, deposit status, and memos of understanding;
Perform original and/or copy cataloging of material creating holding and item records utilizing OCLC, the international bibliographic utility, and Ex Libris Alma, the library services platform;
Assist with bibliographic maintenance duties in Ex Libris Alma including withdrawals of print material, record corrections, and updating of records for collection moves;
Process library material acquisitions in a variety of formats;
Process patron borrowing and lending requests using OCLC's ILLiad; search and verify bibliographic information related to requests;
Provide reference services to library clientele using print, electronic and web-based information;
Assist in facilitating and/or conducting end-user searches;
Gather, organize, and evaluate electronic resource licensing information, adding license data into Ex Libris Alma and digitizing paper-based licenses.
The University at Buffalo
A flagship institution in the State University of New York system and a member of the Association of American Universities, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. UB offers more than 400 academic programs – the largest menu of academic choices in New York State. UB provides students access to a rich variety of multicultural experiences and environments, both on campus and through our 80-plus study abroad programs. Our environmental programs, research centers, and institutes address local and global challenges and work to create a better tomorrow through sustainability. UB is among the top 10 colleges in the country for renewable energy use and in 2019, ranked No. 3 in climate action among 250 institutions worldwide. Our research, creative activity, and people positively impact the world.
Land acknowledgement: The University at Buffalo operates on the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.
The University Libraries
As the largest academic research library in the SUNY system, the University Libraries offer an outstanding array of information resources, technologies, services and people to support academic achievement. The Libraries play a vital role in the academic success of our students, the teaching and research of our faculty, and the intellectual pursuits of our alumni and community members. Our broad selection of digital and print resources, innovative services, and expert staff support scholarly and creative achievements in new and exciting ways.
The Buffalo Niagara Region
The Buffalo Niagara region is a major metropolitan area with diverse communities and outstanding assets. Listed in U.S. News & World Report's 25 Best Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2019, Buffalo is on the rise and UB is proud to play an active part in its resurgence. Buffalo offers the amenities of a major urban area without the headaches. Friendly folks, quick commutes, charming neighborhoods and a low cost of living are among the benefits of life in the region. Three international bridges connect the Buffalo Niagara region to Canada. Travel to the cosmopolitan city of Toronto is only 90 minutes by car. By air, we are less than an hour to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
A Master's degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution OR a PhD related to the duties of the position
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education with the ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment
Prior work experience using a cloud-based library services platform such as Ex Libris Alma/Primo or a local integrated library system
Demonstrated proficiency of working in an online environment
Must be able to problem–solve and provide analytical solutions using existing guidelines, policies, and procedures
Must be able to work independently without day-to-day supervision and function effectively within a team setting
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Knowledge of bibliographic concepts and cataloging
Experience teaching information literacy in a classroom setting
Experience with open education resources
Experience processing archival collections, preferably in a special collections repository, academic library, or museum
Experience writing finding aids that are DACS compliant
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowl¬edge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society.