California State University Dominguez Hills is seeking enthusiastic and collaborative professionals to assist in our Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Services (RIOS) department. Here are some quick answers to questions you might have about the position.
What is the official description for the job?
As one of our full-time temporary (two-year) librarians, you will be responsible for providing high-quality research assistance, serving as a liaison to assigned academic departments, teaching information literacy sessions, and participating in outreach activities. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of types of public services library work and participate in various projects.
Shorter version: Team up with us in reference and instruction to help our students succeed!
Why is working for the CSU so awesome?
Glad you asked! The California State University system is the nation’s largest and most affordable public four-year university system. We are the people’s university, so every day you get to make a difference, work in a diverse and inclusive environment, and foster intellectual growth. Plus, we have a strong faculty union, exemplary leadership, a faculty committed to social justice, and motivated students.
Is this position just working the reference desk?
Nope! Providing research services is an important part of what we do but it’s not everything. In addition to chat reference and in-person consultations, you’ll also have the opportunity to serve as a liaison to assigned academic departments; edit and create library research guides; contribute to collection development related projects; and participate in the development of videos, tutorials, and other outreach and instructional materials. We typically work as teams and small groups on various projects as they arise throughout the year.
Where is Dominguez Hills? I’ve never heard of it…
The land we’re on is named for the family of Juan Jose Dominguez, a Spanish soldier who received a grant of 75,000 acres for grazing cattle from the governor of the Spanish province of California in 1784. Prior to the Dominguez family, the first inhabitants of this land were the Gabrielino Indians. Today we call this place Carson, California, which is in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Still not ringing any bells? We’re not far from Long Beach. If you want to nerd out on our history, check it out here: http://www.csudh.edu/campus-history/ . If you prefer sports to history, you may be interested to note that the StubHub Center, home to the LA Galaxy and temporarily the LA Chargers, is right next door.
I didn’t take a typical path to academic librarianship. Should I still apply?
Definitely! We welcome people from all backgrounds and all libraries as long as they too are committed to ensuring that the university and the library are welcoming and safe spaces where all can thrive, create, work, and learn. Even if you haven’t had a position just like this one before, if you are collegial, enthusiastic, and as committed to public service as we are, you may well be a good fit!
For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.csudh.edu/hr/job-opportunities/ and find position #1496 “Temporary Faculty Pool” under job opportunities. The pool is designated as part-time, however, we are seeking full-time positions from this pool.