Hiring: Information Literacy Librarian

The Alfred University Libraries seek an innovative Information Literacy Librarian to join a highly engaged team. We are looking for someone with a passion for instruction and fostering success in students from diverse backgrounds.    Herrick_Scholes

The Information Literacy Librarian is a 10-month, tenure-track faculty position with a focus on instruction and student learning assessment. In addition to teaching library instruction, this librarian will also serve as Team Leader for the Alfred University Libraries Instruction and Liaison Team to successfully implement current, research-based, information literacy instruction in the classroom.  As well as provide overall leadership for the planning, programming, delivery, evaluation, and assessment of the Libraries’ instruction program.

book happyAlfred University houses the New York State College of Ceramics, a Statutory College of the State of New York, creating a unique public-private partnership. One result of this solidworks-computers-webdistinctive arrangement is that Alfred’s students, faculty, and staff are served by two libraries: The Samuel R. Scholes Library, which supports the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Design, and Herrick Memorial Library, which supports the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and AUNY (External Programs).

Alfred University is a comprehensive university of 2,000 students, located in Western New York. www.alfred.edu

For further information regarding this position, contact the search co-chairs John Hosford hosford@alfred.edu or Mechele Romanchock romanchockm@alfred.edu

A complete application will include: your resume/Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter outlining how your qualifications and experience will prepare you for success in this position, a statement (up to one page) regarding your philosophy of information literacy instruction and contact information for three professional references (address, phone number, and email).  Review of candidates will begin on January 15th 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

Apply or read the full job description https://www.alfred.edu/jobs-at-alfred/index.cfm

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Val Cushing Glaze Display

Test Tiles Create “Visual Companion”

A collection glaze test tiles, sketchbooks, tools and artifacts of Val Cushing’s Pottery practice are currently on display on the main floor of Scholes Library.  The Test Tiles  represent the painstaking work of the Grinding Room to mix and fire all of the glazes from Cushing’s Handbook, Val Cushing’s 1994 seminal work. The tiles are a visual companion to the recipes in the handbook. The collection of artifacts are loan from Elsie and Eric Cushing.

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Images of the tiles, such as the ones above, are available at the Alfred Grinding Room website.

Val Cushing was born in Rochester, New York, on January 28, 1931. He received his BFA in 1952 from the School of Art & Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He then served two years in the Army during the Korean War. Afterwards, he returned to Alfred to complete his MFA in 1956. After a short stint teaching in Illinois, he again returned to Alfred where he taught until retirement in 1997 when he was designated professor emeritus.

Val Cushing

Cushing was renowned for his utilitarian stoneware vessels, such as the one pictured here, which were included in more than 200 exhibitions over his career. Covered JarHis work can be found in the collections of many public and private museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Everson Museum of Art.

In addition to his studio work, Cushing devoted his life to teaching students at Alfred and various craft schools and schools throughout the world. In 1987 he was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council. Additional awards included an artist grant from the National Endowment of the Arts; a Fulbright grant for teaching and research in Manchester, England, and an artist-in-residence grant at the Archie Bray Foundation as well as at the University of Wolverhampton, England.

The display was made possible by the Grinding Room at Alfred University and Scholes Library.

 

Photo Credits

Val Cushing: https://craftcouncil.org/post/remembering-val-cushing
Covered Jar: https://digital.craftcouncil.org/digital/collection/p15785coll13/id/3631

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