Reference and Instruction Librarian, California Institute of the Arts


  • Position Category: Academic
  • Position Title: Reference and Instruction Librarian
  • School/Department: Division of Library and Information Resources
  • Reports To: Dean, Division of Library and Information Resources
  • Time: Full-Time
  • Appointment: Special
  • Position Starts: 02/01/2018
  • Position Ends: 6/30/2019
  • Search Closes: 1/19/2018

Information & Responsibilities

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks applications for the temporary full-time position of Reference and Instruction Librarian. Responsibilities include providing instructional services across all six schools and for all métiers, including teaching a credit-bearing information literacy class and conducting course-integrated library instruction. Providing reference services for all library patrons, in-person, via email and by phone. Planning, developing and assessing the CalArts Library’s reference and instruction programs. Developing and facilitating integration of information literacy initiatives across the curriculum. Creating, developing and maintaining instructional materials, including web-based resource guides using LibGuides. Participating in evaluation of library services including reference and instruction. Managing library social media accounts and actively promoting the library and its services. Compiling annual statistics for reference and instruction. Managing submissions of masters’ theses from graduate students across the institute.

In addition the duties include collection development and management for the reference and general education collections. Serving as the primary selector for reference materials. Working with subject librarians to develop subject reference collections. Serving as the selector for School of Critical Studies materials, including general education subject areas as well as for the MFA Creative Writing and the MA Aesthetics and Politics Programs. Working closely with faculty in the School of Critical Studies and maintaining in-depth knowledge of course offerings and curricula. Performing reference and general collection maintenance and weeding. Making recommendations for electronic database subscriptions and other online products for reference and general education subject areas.


  • A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution is required
  • At least two years of professional experience working in an academic library is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in reference and library instruction.
  • Demonstrated experience with instructional design concepts, practices and tools in an academic library setting.
  • A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

How to Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to the attention of Susan Lowenberg, Interim Dean ( or mail to:

CalArts Library
Re: Reference and Instruction Librarian
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2397

For full consideration please apply by January 19, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Equity & Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey:

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

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