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Job ID: Library\First Year Experience Librarian

Education/Library Science

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Date Posted:
July 29, 2014

Closing Date:
October 31, 2014

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University Library
Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Position: First Year Experience Librarian (10-month appointment) - Senior Assistant Librarian, University Library/Academic Affairs

Starting Date: September 1, 2015

Minimum Qualifications: MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent. Demonstrated strong user services orientation and enthusiasm for public service. Knowledge of instructional and reference methods. Demonstrated potential for effective teaching. Proven ability and experience in using academic electronic and print resources. Ability to effectively communicate in English orally and in writing. Ability to work independently and within a team setting. Record of or potential for scholarly activity on the topic of academic libraries and student success. Ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, and demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.

As a University dedicated to engagement, service and the public good, the successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students and administrators in a commitment to these purposes.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in an academic library. Demonstrated teaching experience and familiarity with information literacy standards and outcomes as they reflect current library teaching practice, especially for at-risk and first year/first generation college students. Knowledge of educational technology trends and tools. Experience in student learning, program or library instruction assessment and evaluation methods using qualitative and quantitative research methods. Background or experience in library marketing/outreach highly desired.

Duties: The California State University, Los Angeles, Library seeks an energetic, creative, and technologically astute tenure-track librarian to participate and collaborate in the Library’s extensive information literacy program by designing, conducting, and assessing library instruction as the library’s First Year Experience Librarian.

Serving as liaison to the University’s First Year Experience program and other academic support units geared towards first year retention, persistence and success, the incumbent will provide leadership for the library’s instruction and consultation program aimed at first year students. The First Year Experience Librarian will coordinate library programing related to students’ very first interactions with the University Library. Further, the successful candidate will play a critical role in the assessment and evaluation of the library’s effectiveness for first year students as well as its impact upon their retention and persistence. The First Year Experience Librarian will also be required to provide extensive outreach and marketing of library services and support programs towards freshmen.

The First Year Experience Librarian will stay up to date on trends and scholarship related to academic libraries and student persistence, and will use that knowledge to optimize the University Library’s current offerings in this area. The incumbent will also provide reference and research assistance during regularly scheduled hours at the Reference Desk, online, and/or by appointments for students, staff, and faculty. Reference and instruction responsibilities will include evening and weekend hours.

In addition to teaching and engaging in scholarly activity (research and publishing), committee service for the Library and the University is required.

Salary: Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a 10-month position with an effective date of September 1, 2015 and months off to be arranged with the appropriate administrator.

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving, and Minority-serving institution. Faculty may have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with other academic programs, including the Honors College and ethnic/area studies.

Required Documentation: Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants are requested to submit the required materials by October 31, 2014. Address applications and required documentation (preferably in pdf format) and/or requests for information to:

Ms. Alice Kawakami, University Librarian (akawaka@calstatela.edu)
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8152

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Fingerprinting is required and will be checked by the California Department of Justice and FBI.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status.

Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.