JOB: Academic Liaison Librarian – Science, San José State University

Job Opening ID (JOID): 13936

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San José State University is recognized as an innovative shared facility combining a large academic library (with a collection of over one million items) and a major down town public library. This facility uses a merged service model to support the life long learning needs of academic and public library users. The Library’s strategic plan is to build a digital library which will “aggressively increase access, creation, and use of digital collections,” and “will creatively utilize innovative technologies to provide the University and the broader community with a 21st century library environment, both physical and digital.” The Library seeks energetic and creative librarians, with potential to make significant contributions to this library, the campus, and the profession.

Rank: This is a twelve-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.

Qualifications: Required

• MLS degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent;
• Experience and/or coursework in collection development, reference service/research consultation and information literacy/instruction;
• Potential for scholarly research and/or professional achievement;
• Awareness of and sensitivity to the educational needs of a diverse population, as gained through cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience, as applied to ensuring user-centered services, systems, and programs;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with public and academic librarians and staff, teaching faculty, and students in a team-based organization and a rapidly changing information environment;.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement innovative projects or services, including community outreach programs to the community; and
• Experience and/or coursework incorporating current and emerging technologies into informational and instructional services.

Qualifications: Strongly Preferred

• Experience and/or coursework particularly in Science disciplines;
• Successful experience working in a team environment and potential for assuming increasing leadership responsibilities;
• Experience and/or coursework employing various training and education approaches for advancing users’ information retrieval, evaluation, management, and dissemination proficiencies;
• Familiarity with disciplinary electronic databases and major reference works;
• Familiarity with issues in scholarly communication;
• Demonstrated ability to effectively organize work assignments, set priories and make decisions;
• Experience planning and implementing technology initiatives or projects;
• Familiarity with website designed mobile technologies; and
• Experience with course management systems and virtual learning environments.


The Science Liaison Librarian is responsible for collection development, information literacy, reference service (to both university and public users) and research consultation in assigned subject areas. The Science Liaison Librarian participates in the library’s information literacy competence program, enhancement of the library’s technology-enabled informational and instructional services and products, the campus learning spaces and learning management systems, and university governance.

The Liaison Librarian:

• Serves as liaison to faculty and students in assigned subject areas, remaining conversant with and responsive to curricular and program changes.
Provides specialized reference and research consultation in assigned subject areas in addition to providing reference service to campus and community library users at the reference desk
• Develops partnerships with teaching faculty to incorporate information literacy competencies into library instruction the classroom and in online environments
• Works collaboratively with and implements projects and assignments under the direction of the Associate Dean for User Services, Research & Scholarly Resources
• Creates a learner-centered teaching environment by using active, collaborative, and other appropriate learning activities, modifying teaching methods and delivery as appropriate to address different learning styles, language abilities, developmental skills, age groups, and the diverse student needs
• Establishes methods for evaluating student learning outcomes and instructional efficacy and uses the data collected to guide personal teaching and professional development.
• Ensures curriculum-aligned collection development, including selection, evaluation, and budget oversight for assigned subject areas.
• Reviews and manages disciplinary collections to ensure they satisfy current and anticipated research and teaching needs
• Maintains and updates libguides for subject specialties and explores options for embedding library resources in course management system
• Participates in library teams, library governance, professional development activities, and university service. This may also include serving on and representing the library on joint(SJPL and SJSU), campus, and on system wide committees and/or task forces
• Encourages and facilitates participation in the University’s institutional repository and educates and informs faculty and staff about scholarly communication issues
• Builds a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the University requirement of retention, tenure and promotion. Library practice allots 4 hours weekly to the pursuit of this goal.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: Approximately June 2011
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedures: For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of interests/philosophy and research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by February 15, 2011 to:

Lauren Andersen
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

Please note: Original transcripts of terminal degree are required for appointment.

Ruth E. Kifer, Dean, University Library, invites you to contact us with your questions at (408) 808-2126 or via email at Please visit our websites at and For information on faculty retention, tenure and promotion, see the SJSU Academic Senate policy S98-8 at

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,023,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are nearby. A member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, San José State University enrolls approximately 29,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of ethno-cultural minority groups. The Library – and the University of which it is a part – is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our community can benefit from multiple perspectives.

San José State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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