Thursday, September 29, 2011

Academic Liaison Librarian - San Jose State University

Subject to Budgetary Approval

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Job Opening ID (JOID): 14209

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.

§ Experience and/or coursework in incorporating current and emerging technologies into informational and instructional services.

Qualifications: Preferred

§ Experience and/or coursework in particularly, but not limited to Education, Business, and/or Social Sciences

§ 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.

The 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 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:
1. Serves as outreach liaison to faculty and students in assigned disciplines, remaining conversant with curricular and program changes.
2. Provides specialized reference and research consultation in assigned subject areas.
3. Delivers information literacy instruction in the classroom, in online environments, and through faculty partnerships.
4. Ensures curriculum-aligned collection development, including selection, evaluation, and budget oversight for assigned subject areas.
5. Co-creates technology-enabled, user-centered disciplinary approaches for an increasingly electronic learning environment.
6. Participates in functional teams, library governance, professional development activities, and university service.
7. Identifies the information needs and learning preferences of a diverse student population – including age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation.
8. Builds a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the University requirement of retention, tenure, and promotion.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: Spring 2012

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedures:
For full consideration, send a letter of application and curriculum vitae and preferably 3 original letters of reference with contact information by December 1, 2011 to or by mail to:

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.
Lauren Andersen
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0028

Please note: At least 3 original letters of reference with contact information will be required prior to an onsite interview. Also 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 Jose (Pop. 945,942), 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 conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 29,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives. Additionally, SJSU’s long standing commitment to diversity includes outreach and welcome to people from the LGBT and disabled communities, and to individuals from across the United States and around the world.

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