Science Librarian, California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles

University Library


Science Librarian

Senior Assistant Librarian (full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment)

Starting Date:

Summer, 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

1) MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school;
2) Demonstrated knowledge of information resources in the natural sciences and/or academic coursework in the natural sciences or related disciplines;
3) Experience providing instruction or research consultation services to students and faculty;
4) Excellent communication skills, and;
5) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Bachelor or Master’s degree in a natural science discipline;
2) Experience with existing and emerging research tools, methodologies and print and electronic resources in the natural sciences;
3) Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication and data management in science fields, and;
4) Demonstrated knowledge of information literacy standards/framework, performance indicators and outcomes.


The California State University, Los Angeles University Library seeks an innovative, collaborative and user-centered librarian to support and advance scholarship, research, teaching and learning for students and faculty in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy. The successful candidate will also serve as liaison to other related programs.

The Science Librarian will collaborate with teaching faculty in the development of digital learning objects and instructional materials related to information literacy in Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy; serve as the library subject liaison for several departments in the College of Natural & Social Science which includes evaluating, selecting, and reviewing information resources in relation to the needs of teaching, learning, research and creative inquiries. Collaborate with other library faculty and administrators to assess the usage, satisfaction and impact of library services on student success. The successful candidate will provide on-call and online/digital reference and research consultation and may contribute to outreach activities.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in the University’s commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University’s alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

The Department:

As the academic heart of the university, the University Library’s mission is to advance intellectual discovery, stimulate creativity, inspire learning and transform Cal State LA’s diverse communities by connecting people to knowledge, providing learner-centered spaces and delivering innovative and responsive services. The University Library is undergoing rapid transformation with new leadership, a recently completed strategic plan, a growing team of passionate, collaborative and forward-thinking library faculty and staff, and a deep commitment to improving student success and supporting faculty excellence. An ambitious architectural master plan is scheduled to begin in early 2018 that will provide an exciting and transformative vision for renewing the library’s physical spaces to accommodate the growing needs of Cal State LA’s students and faculty. As part of the master plan, an academic success center will be developed that will provide comprehensive and fully integrated peer-to-peer academic success services for students. Librarians at Cal State LA enjoy full faculty status and are eligible for campus professional development/funding opportunities, sabbatical leave, university-wide service, and other benefits. For additional information see

Required Documentation:

Applicants are required to submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum qualifications and preferred qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) list of three professional references, and; 4) a university application for employment (Found Here). Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts.

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


For full consideration, application materials must be received by April 15, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until recommendations for an appointment is made.

Submit the required application materials to:

Carlos Rodriguez
Dean, University Library
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, LN B135A
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300

Email submissions can be sent to:

Note: The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.

An Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer

Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.

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