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Engineering and Science Librarian

San Jose State University
sick time
United States, California, San Jose
June 29, 2023

Position Rank and Title: Senior Assistant Librarian, Engineering and Science Librarian

School/Department Name: University Library

Compensation: This is a probationary, 12-month, tenure-track position at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank; salary commensurate with qualifications and experience (anticipated range: $6,190/mo to $7,538/mo). Librarians in the CSU system enjoy full faculty status and as such are eligible for campus service opportunities, sabbatical and other leaves, and additional benefits. Librarians are represented under Unit 3 of the California Faculty Association (CFA). Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans; generous paid leave (24 vacation days and one personal holiday per year and one day of sick leave per month); and membership in CALPERS, the largest retirement system in the country. See for additional details.

Target Start Date: August 2023 or earlier

Application Deadline: April 28, 2023 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Library at SJSU welcomes applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position as Engineering and Science Librarian.

Collaborating with a team of liaison librarians, the Engineering and Science Librarian will support faculty and students in the engineering and science disciplines by developing, delivering, and assessing library instruction; maintaining subject-specific collections across multiple formats; and offering discipline-centered reference/research services to address curricular, teaching, research, and scholarly needs, including research data management. Librarians at SJSU are faculty who are expected to engage in library and university governance and scholarship, which are requirements for tenure and promotion. This is a hybrid, not remote, position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support student learning by working collaboratively with engineering and science faculty to facilitate the effective use of curriculum-specific information resources
  • Provide reference, consultative, and instructional services to undergraduates, graduate students, teaching faculty, and researchers in synchronous and asynchronous formats
  • Engage in the selection and evaluation of information resources that support the curricular and research needs of engineering and science programs, faculty, and students
  • Maintain familiarity with current and emerging research and scholarly communication approaches in engineering and science
  • Create, implement, and assess user-centered library services and programs for assigned departments
  • Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments
  • Build a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the University requirement of retention, tenure, and promotion
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity - in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation - through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree by the time of hire
  • Coursework and/or experience in delivering information literacy instruction and reference service
  • Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing agenda in scholarly research and professional development at appropriate levels
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or equivalent training/work experience in an engineering or science field
  • Experience with designing, implementing, and assessing library programs and services
  • Experience in academic libraries
  • Coursework and/or experience with bibliometrics, scholarly identifiers, and research impact metrics

Other Duties

Note that all San Jose State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • (1-2 pages)
  • Three references with contact information (only finalists' references will be contacted)

Refer to for more information about the position. Interested candidates who would like to learn more about the position, library, or University are encouraged to attend one of two . We will begin with a short presentation about the position and the library, and then will open it up to your questions. Anonymity will be ensured as the participants list will be hidden.

  • April 17, 2023 at 11:00 am-12:00 pm PST
  • April 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm-1:00 pm PST

Further inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Anamika Megwalu,

What we look for in a potential candidate

We are looking for collaborative, forward-thinking, and adaptable colleagues. We value empathetic and inquisitive individuals who are ready to assist the University Library in meeting its .

The University is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We ask all applicants to include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at , along with information about how the statement will be evaluated.

Why would you want to join us, and what can you expect?

The expert faculty and staff at the University Library are highly committed to excellence and service. You can expect to join a dedicated team of professionals with many opportunities to grow, develop, and lead innovative and student-/faculty-centered programming and services. As a joint library facility (the SJSU King library shares space with the main branch of the SJPL) and a member of the 23-campus California State University system, there are possibilities to collaborate with multiple external stakeholders and partners across the full spectrum of librarianship.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

The is a unique partnership between San Jose State University (SJSU) and the City of San Jose, which opened in August 2003. It is the first library in the United States to integrate the services and collections of a major university and public library system. Located in downtown San Jose, the King Library is an impressive 475,000 square feet with nine floors of collections, collaborative work spaces, meeting rooms, exhibit areas, and unique resources dedicated to lifelong learning for all to enjoy - for free. The building serves as the SJSU library, the main library for San Jose Public Library system, and as a cornerstone for the entire community.

brings people, ideas, and information together through its spaces, resources, and expertise to facilitate community building, innovation, and knowledge creation.

SJSU King Library is actively engaged in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts to address systemic racism and equity issues through collaborative conversations, organizational review, and assessment. The leadership, faculty, staff, and student employees are dedicated to advancing equity practices in recruitment, retention, resources, and services. SJSU King Library is seeking to increase the diversity of its faculty, and encourages all members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Conditional Offer

The work for this librarian position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization and booster shots against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San Jose State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley - one of the most innovative regions in the world - is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San Jose State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

San Jose State University values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university's commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San Jose State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Equal Employment Statement

San Jose State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San Jose State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at . The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San Jose State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at clerycompliance@sjsu.edu.

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at uhs-frontdesk@sjsu.edu.