Science Librarian – San JosA� State University – San JosA�, CA

Specialization: Science Librarian
Job Opening ID (JOID): 23534
Rank: A�Senior Assistant Librarian, Tenure-track

The Martin Luther King Jr. Library seeks an innovative and creative student-centered librarian to provide leadership in the area of Science Librarianship. The Science Librarian will collaborate with faculty, library staff, and campus staff, and on the development of innovative services and support for instruction and research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent
  • Experience and/or coursework in collection development, reference service/research consultation, andA�information literacy/instruction
  • Potential for scholarly research and/or professional achievement
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the educational needs of diverse populations, as gained through cross- cultural study, training, teaching, or other comparable experiences, for the provision of user-centered services, systems and programs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, design, and implement innovative projects or services, including communityA�outreach programs
  • Experience and/or coursework incorporating current and emerging technologies into instructional and informational services

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with public and academic librarians and staff, teaching faculty, and students in a rapidly changing information environment
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or coursework in Science-related field or equivalent work experience
  • Familiarity with disciplinary electronic databases and major reference works


  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 in addition to providing reference services to campus and community library users.
  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. Participates in library governance, professional development activities, and university service. This may also include serving on and representing the library on joint (San JosA� Public Library and SJSU), campus and system-wide committees and/or task forces.
  6. Builds a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the University requirement for retention, tenure, and promotion.

Salary Range:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date:

Negotiable, but March 2016 preferred.


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

Further Information:

Ruth E. Kifer, Dean, University Library, invites you to contact us with your questions at (408) 808-2080 or via email at Please visit our websites at and For information on faculty retention, tenure and promotion, see the SJSU Academic Senate policies S15-7 & S15-8 at

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San JosA� 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 downtown public library. This facility uses a merged service model to support the lifelong learning needs of academic and public library users. The University Librarya��s strategic plan is to build a digital library which will a�?aggressively increase access, creation, and use of digital collections,a�? and a�?will creatively utilize innovative technologies to provide the University and the broader community with a 21st century library environment, both physical and digital.a�?

San JosA� State University is Californiaa��s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San JosA� (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of Californiaa��s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are nearby. A member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, San JosA� State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of ethno-cultural minority groups. The Library a�� 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.

Application Instructions

For full consideration upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, three letters of recommendation, and list of three professional references with contact information by February 26, 2016.

The position will remain open until filled.
Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

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About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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