Librarian, College of Engineering California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo


$67,000 – $78,000 a year
The Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) seeks a creative, collaborative, and proactive librarian for the tenure-track position of College Librarian for Engineering. College Librarians play a key role in Cal Poly’s educational mission by having a strong presence in their assigned colleges. They build and maintain close relationships with students and faculty in order to meet their teaching, learning, research, and publication needs by connecting them to the library’s services, content, and tools.
Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Academic Services, the Engineering Librarian develops and leads the services and programs, as well as selects relevant information resources, to support the unique curricular and research needs of the college’s students, faculty, and staff. Responsibilities include instruction and research assistance, outreach and liaison services, collection development, and programmatic support activities. The CENG Librarian works collaboratively in these roles with the other librarians and library staff.
Librarians at Cal Poly hold faculty status and are expected to demonstrate outstanding professional performance; engage in professional development, research, scholarship, and creative activities; participate in service to the library, the university, the California State University system, and/or the community; and contribute to a collegial and productive work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only)

Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent advanced degree
  • Three years of relevant experience
  • Ability to articulate a genuine enthusiasm for this position
  • A strong service ethic and a commitment to customer-centered programs, services, and resources
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Ability to employ effective interpersonal skills to form strong connections with faculty and students
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and manage competing priorities
  • Ability to work productively, proactively, and constructively in a collegial team environment
  • Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to teach or instruct others
  • Ability to provide research assistance and reference services
  • Working knowledge of the literature and information resources in engineering disciplines
  • Capacity to engage in research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Capacity to provide service to the library, university, and/or community

    Preferred Qualifications / Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to design, promote, and deliver library instruction and research assistance
  • Knowledge of STEM-focused information literacy, library instruction, and reference services
  • Experience in developing and managing collections for STEM-related disciplines
  • Experience working in an academic library
  • Experience in an engineering-related position or discipline
  • Education, coursework, or licensing in a relevant field

    Special Conditions (Staff)
    Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

    Please note : Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

    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.

    Not all types of positions will satisfy the eligibility criteria for employment-based permanent resident status. It is often not an option for employees in noninstructional classifications such as librarians, counselors, coaches, and the majority of staff and management positions to attain permanent resident status based on their Cal Poly employment.

    For health and wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

    Pre-Employment Conditions (Staff)
    Background / Fingerprint

    Benefits Eligible

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