Continuations Librarian

New York, NY
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Created: January 16, 2019


About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) located in Chelsea New York City, invites applications for a Part Time Continuations Librarian  the Gladys Marcus Library at FIT.

FIT Library:

The FIT Library cultivates user-centered physical and virtual spaces that support and strengthen academic and creative pursuits. Our library creates a foundation for lifelong learning by teaching research and critical thinking skills that students carry beyond the classroom into careers. We build, organize, and preserve materials that support our curriculum, enhance our unique collections, and document the college's history. We investigate, assess and implement innovative services and programs that measurably facilitate and enrich the learning experience.

Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services supports FIT's students, faculty, and visiting researchers by providing access to magazines and databases, along with an evolving collection of unique materials such as fashion and trend forecasting services, runway look books, and commercial catalogs. Our distinctive collections, publicized to the FIT community and beyond, foster the education and imagination of the College's scholars, artists, designers, and innovators

The dynamic and service-oriented Continuations Librarian is responsible for providing various levels of support in managing the electronic resource lifecycle, which includes discovery services, access to continuing library resources, and routine assessment. The continuations librarian will conduct outreach and teach instruction sessions.

Serving a key role within the library, this part-time tenure track position reports to the Head of Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services.


  • Manage aspects of the electronic resources lifecycle; maintain the electronic resources management system and discovery services index
  • Create, import, and/or update bibliographic records in the catalog
  • Serve as a serials resource expert and serials cataloging specialist; create and update serial control records; advise on periodicals processing
  • Serve as a backup administrator for electronic resource management system
  • Map serials discovery tool to holdings (including Journal Finder full-text access to print journals, e-books, microfilm, Special Collections and College Archive holdings)
  • Manage e-journals collection, including holdings maintenance and data mapping and loading
  • Process new orders for electronic resources; assist with licensing, management of electronic journal, e-book, streaming video, and database subscriptions; activate online access for electronic resources
  • Troubleshoot electronic resources access issues
  • Collect and analyze usage statistics for the electronic resources
  • Maintain policies and procedures related to electronic resources, subscriptions, renewals, cancellations, trials, and vendor licenses; create and maintain electronic resource management records

StyleCat and Related Systems

  • Responsible for supporting daily operation of print and electronic continuations; assist in all aspects of electronic serials and databases and other tasks related to the College's use of electronic resources
  • Catalog serials and electronic resources including title changes and holdings records
  • Work within the integrated library system including cataloging of periodicals and electronic resources, authority control, and create reports for Acquisitions and Serials modules
  • Upload individual and batch electronic records for MARC records
  • Generate reports from the library management and bindery systems
  • Guide problem solving and resolution for problematic check-ins, claims (involving direct contact with vendor or publisher), and complex processing issues.

Research and Instructional Services

  • Provide daily reference and research service at Periodicals service desk
  • Provide weekly reference and research service at Research Services desk
  • Teach instruction sessions for specialized periodicals materials

Unit/Compliance Responsibilities

  • Manage unit opening workflow, verify and update desk schedule if needed
  • Train and delegate tasks to employees as needed
  • Supervises morning PERS staff and manages unit in the absence of Head of Electronic and Serials Resources Librarian


In addition to a regular assignment at the Research Services Desk, the Continuations Librarian may be requested to serve at any library service desk for coverage as needed.
Special assignments shift regularly and include projects such as website migration, web content development and information architecture, integrated library systems migration and grant proposals.


  • Serve as the point of contact for assigned subject areas and academic department liaisons with regard to information and Library services referrals
  • Review and assess current library resources
  • Participate in the Library Liaison program by promoting services and resources with a special focus on digital initiatives; cultivate relationships and foster connections with classroom faculty
  • Review and use data and assessment techniques to support evidence-based changes to services or programs


  • Serve and participate in library-wide, team-driven, and working group meetings, library governance and campus-wide initiatives and committees
  • Participate in the Library's Strategic Planning process and implement policies and procedures that support the Strategic Plan
  • Participate in curricular and pedagogical discussions by attending college-wide, school, and departmental meetings and share with Library colleagues
  • Maintain active membership in local, state, and national professional organizations and currency in the field
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with other institutions
  • Participate in the mentoring program for new librarians in other areas of the Library
  • Participate in professional development activities to maintain currency in professional competencies


Minimum Qualifications

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Minimum of two (2) years of library experience
  • Demonstrated experience using an integrated library system, collection management systems, and working knowledge of MARC
  • Experience with principles of authority control, including selection and application of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to local collections
  • Demonstrated knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery, specifically in a library context
  • Familiarity with subscription e-resources
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to generate complex, analytical and precise work
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, and multi-task projects; demonstrated flexibility and ability to work in changing conditions; resourceful in problem solving and resolution
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment
  • Strong written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to providing outstanding customer service to library patrons
  • Commitment to fostering a culturally diverse educational and work environment

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience with providing instruction for the use of the online catalog, library databases and print materials
  • Knowledge of current library technologies and standards for data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience in and/or exposure to the use of current serials and electronic resource best practices and trends
  • Experience liaising with vendors and license agreement negotiations
  • Experience using staff interface of an integrated library or next generation system (e.g. Aleph, Alma, or OCLC WorldShare)
  • Experience with a discovery service (e.g. Ex Libris' Primo or Ebsco's Discovery Service)
  • Experience with statistical data management and reporting
  • Experience in troubleshooting e-resources
  • Knowledge of electronic resources management systems, link resolver software, e-resource knowledge base systems, and proxy configurations
  • Experience with cross-departmental projects and team collaborations

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Fashion Institute of Technology. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our community to include students, faculty, and staff, today and in the future.

Additional Information:

Supervisor: Prof. Lana Bittman, Head of Periodicals & Electronic Resource Svcs

Sr. Admin: Prof. Greta Earnest Associate Library Director

Department: Library

Schedule: 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Thur, 22 hours per week Subject to change based on the needs of the department

FIT offers part time employees generous hourly pay, sick days and tuition exemption.


Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:
* Resume
* Cover letter

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding their application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT's website at:
FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360,

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