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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Social Sciences Librarian - Senior Assistant Librarian Rank San Diego State University

By Chris Rogers posted 12-21-2019 22:01


San Diego State University Library embraces innovation and collaboration, encourages diversity and deliberation, and looks for librarians who engage in a forward-looking perspective. SDSU Library seeks applications and nominations of a creative and dynamic individual for the position of Social Sciences Librarian, appointed at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank. The Social Sciences librarian serves as liaison and is responsible for collections, instruction, outreach, and research consultations in selected social sciences departments. Subjects may include but are not limited to Sociology, Communication Studies, Counselling, Social Work, Special Education, Psychology, and/or other related areas. The position will also provide shared reference (may include evening hours) and general information literacy instruction. SDSU Library is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities.(

) SDSU is in the process of Diversity and Inclusion Planning for all academic and administrative units/divisions, and has recently set up a Division of Diversity and Innovation (

) to help foster inclusive excellence.

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas, and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program, and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit


SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:
Commit to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population is essential.

Provide liaison, outreach, and support to assigned academic departments to ensure collections and services meet faculty and student needs.

Initiate and conduct course-related and general information literacy instruction and develop content, including course guides, subject guides, and other instructional and outreach materials in the assigned areas.

Provide the entire range of in-person and online reference services including research consultations for assigned departments at the undergraduate and graduate level. Also, participates in the shared reference desk (may include evening hours).

Build, assess and promote selected social science collections that meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty.

Engage and participate in ongoing assessment of student learning, library collections and services.

Engage in professional service and scholarly contributions; participate in committees and faculty governance in the Library and on campus.

Required Qualifications

ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent foreign degree

Undergraduate or graduate degree in the social sciences, or experience as a social sciences subject librarian.

Knowledge of information sources and research methodologies related to one or more areas in the Social Sciences,

Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and to create an environment of mutual respect.

Commitment to excellent public services and improving the library user experience.

Initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member.

Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal communication and public presentation skills.

Potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion based on library service effectiveness, professional growth, and service to the University and community.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with information literacy instruction.

Experience providing research assistance to a diverse population and users of all levels.

Experience as a liaison to an academic department, a program, or a community organization.

Evidence of professional engagement at local, state or national level.

This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure track faculty position. Tenure is dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the University and community. Salary range: $69,348-$78,000. Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement package, as well as 24 vacation days per year.

This position will remain open until filled. Review will begin immediately. Preference will be given to applications received by January 31, 2020. Applicants must apply via Interfolio. Anticipated start date is July 2020.

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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

SDSU honors its residence on Kumeyaay land. For millennia, the Kumeyaay people have been a part of this land. This land has nourished, healed, protected and embraced them for many generations in a relationship of balance and harmony. As members of the San Diego State community we acknowledge this legacy. We promote this balance and harmony. We find inspiration from this land; the land of the Kumeyaay.
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