Cornell University seeks a visionary leader to serve as Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. This is an opportunity to lead a library system ranked 13th in the United States by the Association of Research Libraries at a renowned institution of higher education.
As an Ivy League institution and New York State's land grant university, Cornell embodies academic excellence, experimentation, openness, collaboration, and service to society. The Cornell University Library (CUL) has embraced and supported these aims since the University's founding in 1865; its recent adoption of FOLIO (a reimagined open-source library services platform) in Summer 2021 is a good example of how CUL's pioneering and civic-minded spirit continues to this day. CUL comprises 18 library units, more than 350 employees, and over 9 million volumes (in all forms), including a rapidly expanding digital collection. The annual budget is approximately $60 million.
Reporting to the Provost, who acts as the University's chief academic officer and chief budgeting officer, the University Librarian is a key member of the academic leadership team, partnering with Deans, Vice Provosts and Vice Presidents to advance and support a forward-thinking vision to propel learning, discovery and engagement. Cornell seeks a seasoned professional who thinks with boldness, acts with courage and compassion, and leads with transparency. The University Librarian must possess the professional experience and insight to grasp the strategic, administrative, structural, and financial requirements of a complex academic research library. This individual will be tasked with shepherding the development of an overarching vision for CUL's future activities and commitments; amplifying CUL's impact and visibility on and beyond campus; leading CUL and the Cornell community with respect to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; strengthening CUL as a workplace as well as a partner and leader in local and global communities; and attracting and maximizing CUL's resources.
A search advisory committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, the national executive recruiting firm, has been retained to support the committee.
Questions, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically and in confidence to:
Anita Tien, Partner
Ellen Egitton, Associate
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.