Health and Human Services Librarian

Job no: 511057
Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Librarian (Non-instructional Faculty)

Position Rank and Title: Senior Assistant Librarian, Health and Human Services Librarian

School/Department Name: University Library

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule (see Class 2920, Range 3 Librarian – 12 Month Senior Assistant). See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022 or earlier

Application Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Library at SJSU welcomes applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position as a Health and Human Services Librarian.

Collaborating with a team of liaison librarians and under the general guidance of the Faculty Director for Reference and Research Services, the Health and Human Services Librarian will support faculty, and students in health and human services by developing, delivering, and assessing library instruction; maintaining subject-specific collections; and offering discipline-centered reference/research services to address curricular, teaching, research, and scholarly needs, including systematic reviews assistance. Librarians at SJSU are faculty who are expected to engage in library and university governance and scholarship, which are requirements for tenure and promotion.

The SJSU King Library and San José State University value 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 José 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. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is a unique partnership between San José State University (SJSU) and the City of San José, 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 José, 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 José Public Library system, and as a cornerstone for the entire community. And, as 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.

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

The SJSU King Library is actively engaged in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts to address systemic racism and equity matters through collaborative conversations, organizational review, and assessment. The leadership, faculty, staff, and student employees are dedicated to advance progress by enhancing 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.

What do 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 student-centered and mission-driven strategic plan.

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

Four tenure-track faculty librarians will be hired in 2022 — Research Services and Social Sciences Librarians (2 vacancies), Health and Human Services Librarian, and Research Impact Librarian — providing a supportive cohort to the candidate.

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.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree by the time of hire
  • Coursework and/or experience with library resources relevant to the research, teaching, and learning of human health or sciences
  • 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:
  • Experience with designing, implementing, and assessing library programs and services
  • Experience in academic libraries
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or equivalent training/work experience in a health or human service/science field
  • Experience, training, or coursework in informatics, systematic reviews, or data reproducibility

Key Responsibilities

  • Support student learning by working collaboratively with health and human services faculty to facilitate the effective use of curriculum-specific information resources and to embed information literacy into instruction
  • 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 human health and sciences programs, faculty, and students
  • Maintain familiarity with current and emerging research and scholarly communication approaches among human health and sciences faculty
  • Support the curricular, programmatic, research/scholarly, and information needs of faculty, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students in health or human science fields through the creation, implementation, and assessment of user-centered library services and programs
  • Participate in the library liaison program to provide tailored services to one or more academic 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

Application Procedure

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

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diversity statement (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy that describes the role that faculty librarians can play in student success OR a lesson plan on an information literacy topic (1-2 pages)
  • Research plans in the areas of teaching, learning, and innovation (1-2 pages)
  • Three references with contact information (only finalists’ references will be contacted)

Refer to for more information about the position. Potential candidates are invited to attend one of two informational webinars scheduled for March 17, 9-10 am PST and 11 am-12 pm PST, to learn more about the position, library, and University. Anonymity will be ensured, as the attendee list will be hidden.

Further inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Peggy Cabrera,

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization 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 José State University: Silicon Valley’s Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the 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. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José 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.

Advertised: February 27, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled