JOB: Outreach & Instruction Librarian, California Institute Of Integral Studies, San Francisco

About California Institute of Integral Studies

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally-recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of more than 1,400 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program through The Arts at CIIS, and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs division, including workshops, lectures, and certificate programs. The University provides affordable mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its ten award-winning clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Job Description


About the CIIS Library:  The Laurance S. Rockefeller Library holds over 208,000 books (including more than 181,000 e-books).  The CIIS Library subscribes to over 14,500 online and print journals, 31 scholarly databases and almost 40,000 videos (in both physical media and digital streaming content).  The Library collections are particularly strong in the fields of counseling and psychology, philosophy and religion, spirituality, East-West comparative studies, social and cultural anthropology, LGBTQ+ studies, gender studies, social justice, various facets of an integral worldview, and the perennial wisdom.  In support of our ACTCM school, the Library houses one of the most extensive collections of oriental medicine in the United States, concentrating in Chinese medicine, biomedicine, Asian philosophy and culture, various alternative healing modalities, and general sciences.

About the Position:  The Outreach & Instruction Librarian will collaborate with Library Staff and other University colleagues to situate the Laurance S. Rockefeller Library as a key partner in student learning at CIIS.  This position will partner with Faculty as an academic program liaison and coordinate the Library’s outreach and engagement efforts for both undergraduate and graduate students.  They will be an integral member of the reference staff and provide online and in-person reference support, as well as in-class information literacy instruction.  Additionally, they will help develop research guides, tutorials, workshops and other educational materials, and participate generally in the development, delivery, and assessment of services that support the teaching, learning and research needs of the CIIS community in collaboration with other staff librarians and under the supervision of the Library Director.



  • Develop, distribute, and maintain promotional materials that effectively communicate the Library’s role and services to the CIIS community, in close conjunction with other CIIS departments that engage in outreach, promotion and engagement, including Marketing and Communications and Student Affairs.
  • With Library Director and Library Office Manager, engage with university colleagues to support campus events and programs including library tours, new student orientations, and open houses.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and participate in the creation and maintenance of library-related programs and events to engage and empower learners and enhance the overall patron experience in the Library.
  • Develop tools to assess efficacy of library outreach efforts, and use data to keep programming up to date, relevant, and aligned with the University’s mission.


  • Develop and lead in-class research skills and information literacy instruction, library orientations, and special topic library workshops (in-person and online).
  • Provide embedded librarianship at intensives, retreats, and cohort weekends as a part of the Reference Team; some evening and weekend work will be required (particularly at the start of each semester).
  • Regularly assess effectiveness of library instruction through in-person and online surveys and questionnaires, or other methods.


  • Provide individual and group research assistance: in-person, online, on the phone, and by e-mail, to Library users (from Bachelor’s completion through Faculty level).
  • Offer scholarly advising, research support and aid in study skills and digital literacy development.
  • Train circulation staff to provide ready-reference services and to field and escalate reference questions that come to the Circulation Desk and through e-mail.
  • Create library guides, FAQs, handouts, demo videos and other informational and training materials to support reference, instruction and access services.

Academic Liaison

  • As a program liaison, work with Faculty and Program Coordinators to promote library services, assess programmatic needs, and provide customized content to Academic Programs.
  • Coordinate requests from assigned Faculty and Program Staff and, as needed, distribute to the appropriate Library Staff member.
  • Work closely with other Library Staff to support course reserves and coordinate instruction requested from assigned programs and departments.

Collection Development

  • In coordination with entire Library Staff, contribute to the ongoing assessment and development of the general and reference collections.
  • As a function of liaison activities, act as a selector for the subject areas relevant to assigned Programs and Departments, actively curating the collections to be relevant to and aligned with the teaching, learning and research needs of the University.
  • Per CIIS Library collection development policy, work to expand Library collections with a specific emphasis on electronic books and digital A/V resources, as available.

Professional Development

  • Stay current with advances and concepts in applicable library fields.
  • Seek out trainings and courses on product changes, technical advancements, and new concepts as needed.
  • Advise Library colleagues and the Library Director on developments in libraries and make recommendations for actionable items when appropriate.
  • Participate in Library, University and external professional groups.


  • Participate in staff meetings, planning and problem-solving meetings, and special projects; in general work as a member of the Library team.
  • As needed, assist patrons at Circulation Desk with locating materials and in related matters.
  • Other tasks may be assigned, and responsibilities may shift, in response to Library needs and changes in the University (in specific) and higher education (in general).



  • Master of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Minimum one year of experience as a librarian, preferably in an academic library setting.
  • Two years of experience of training or instruction (or equivalent teaching experience), preferably in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to design learning outcomes and provide instruction to promote information literacy.
  • Experience offering research support and reference services.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated professionalism, in-person, over the phone, and online.  The ability to authentically engage and listen attentively is critical for success.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and flexibly in a busy office and across departments, successfully balancing priorities and multitasking.

Experience with the following applications is preferred:

  • Springshare suite of Library software, such as LibGuides CMS, LibCal and LibWizard.
  • Graphic design, video editing, and Web development applications used to support and design instructional materials such as Camtasia and the Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop and InDesign).
  • Course management systems, preferably Canvas.
  • Library acquisitions software, preferably GOBI.
  • Koha integrated library system (ILS).

Full job description is available here.