California State University Dominguez Hills is seeking a Student Success Librarian to develop and deliver a range of student engagement experiences, including coordinating the library’s participation in campus-wide student orientation activities, hosting special events, collaborating with campus units, and building impactful outreach relationships with local community colleges. Here are some quick answers to questions you might have about the position:
What is the official description for the job?
We’re looking for a librarian who will develop and grow our programming and relationships with campus partners such as the Toro Learning and Testing Center, First Year Experience Program, Toro Dreamers Success Center, Encounter to Excellence, student clubs, and resident hall programing, among others. In this position you’ll coordinate our orientation programming and participate as a liaison librarian in information literacy instruction and research help services.
Shorter version: Help our new students be successful in college through library programming, outreach, and other services!
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.
Will I have to do *everything* student success related by myself?
Of course not! Student success is part of everyone’s job. However, this position coordinates and develops our programming, outreach, and other services that directly link to student success initiatives on campus. There’s a mix of independent vision and working as a member of a team. For example, you may work with our supplemental instructor coordinator for English to design a lesson plan for all Summer Bridge students but all the liaison librarians will help teach the class sections. Or you might train campus orientation advisors on library services and develop our presence at campus orientation events but others will pitch in to work the orientation events.
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-Tongva Tribe. 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!
What is the tenure process like at CSUDH?
Our retention, tenure, and promotion process is based on your librarianship role, scholarship, and service. You can see all our guidelines here: https://www.csudh.edu/Assets/csudh-sites/faculty-affairs/docs/rtp-definitions/university-library-rtp-2016.pdf [PDF]
For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.csudh.edu/hr/job-opportunities/ and find position #3426 under job opportunities.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!