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***PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, hiring is currently on hold at the San Diego State University Library.  Please check here for updates as they become available. Thank you for your interest in the San Diego State University Library. 

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Faculty Positions

Tenure Track Librarian Positions

Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian

San Diego State University Library embraces innovation and collaboration, encourages diversity and deliberation, and looks for librarians who engage in a forward-looking perspective. SDSU Library seeks applications and nominations of a creative and dynamic individual for the position of Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian, appointed at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank. The Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian will provide leadership in developing, evaluating and implementing workflows for loading metadata for ebooks, streaming resources, and other digital objects into our Library Service Platform Alma. The position will also provide original and complex copy cataloging of various materials across multiple languages, formats and time periods in a contemporary MARC-based environment according to national, consortial, and local standards. In collaboration with colleagues in Content Organization and Management this position will develop, evaluate, and implement cataloging policies and establish priorities for cataloging projects.  SDSU Library is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities.(https://diversity.sdsu.edu/planning/definitions)   SDSU is in the process of Diversity and Inclusion Planning for all academic and administrative units/divisions, and has recently set up a Division of Diversity and Innovation (https://diversity.sdsu.edu/) to help foster inclusive excellence.

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas, and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program, and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Coordinate the review, manipulation, and batch loading of metadata for ebook and streaming media packages, and other digital objects.
  • Provide original and complex copy cataloging of various materials across multiple languages, formats and time periods in a contemporary MARC-based environment according to national, consortial, and local standards.
  • Work closely with colleagues within Content Organization and Management to develop, evaluate, and implement cataloging policies and establish priorities for cataloging projects.
  • Provide training, oversight, and guidance to library staff performing copy-cataloging.
  • Maintain flexibility and serve as an expert resource for cataloging issues.
  • Maintain high quality of local cataloging and contributions to consortial and national databases, by staying current with national and international cataloging standards, developments and trends in librarianship.
  • Participate in the shared governance of San Diego State University by serving on library, campus-wide, and California State University committees as needed.
  • Participate in professional development activities to demonstrate a continuous and meritorious record of contributions and achievements in the profession.
  • Other duties as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent foreign degree.
  • Minimum two years of cataloging experience demonstrating substantial, advanced work with a variety of materials and formats, preferably in an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of RDA, LCCS, LCSH, and MARC formats and standards.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current issues and emerging developments within the national cataloging environment, in particular, and within librarianship, in general.
  • Experience cataloging using the OCLC bibliographic utility.
  • Experience using a library resource management system, preferably Ex Libris’ Alma.
  • Experience with metadata transformation, remediation tools and techniques such as Oxygen, MARCEdit, PyMARC, OpenRefine, XSLT, and/or scripting languages), and batch record processing and metadata crosswalks.
  • Familiarity with principles of authority control.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player in maintaining harmonious, cooperative working relationships with staff, faculty, and administrators.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills, particularly the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide variety of people in individual and group settings.
  • A demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity.
  • Potential for meeting SDSU’s requirements for tenure and promotion based on library service, professional growth, and service to the University and community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated, effective cataloging experience working within a shared consortial system, preferably an academic or research environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of database maintenance issues in an academic library resource management system and discovery interface.
  • Familiarity or awareness about linked data principles and BIBFRAME
  • Thorough, up-to-date familiarity with policies of national cataloging programs such as NACO, SACO or CONSER.
  • Active involvement in professional development activities with a record of contributions and achievements in the profession.
  • Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline.
  • Working knowledge of at least one foreign language.

This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure track faculty position. Tenure is dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the University and community. Salary range: $69,348-$78,000. 

Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, as well as 24 vacation days per year.

This position will remain open until filled. Review will begin immediately. Preference will be given to applications received by February 28, 2020. Applicants must apply via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/73688. Anticipated start date is July 2020.

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.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

SDSU honors its residence on Kumeyaay land. For millennia, the Kumeyaay people have been a part of this land. This land has nourished, healed, protected and embraced them for many generations in a relationship of balance and harmony. As members of the San Diego State community we acknowledge this legacy. We promote this balance and harmony. We find inspiration from this land; the land of the Kumeyaay.

 

Social Sciences Librarian

San Diego State University Library embraces innovation and collaboration, encourages diversity and deliberation, and looks for librarians who engage in a forward-looking perspective. SDSU Library seeks applications and nominations of a creative and dynamic individual for the position of Social Sciences Librarian, appointed at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank. The Social Sciences librarian serves as liaison and is responsible for collections, instruction, outreach, and research consultations in selected social sciences departments. Subjects may include but are not limited to Sociology, Communication Studies, Counselling, Social Work, Special Education, Psychology, and/or other related areas. The position will also provide shared reference (may include evening hours) and general information literacy instruction. SDSU Library is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities.(https://diversity.sdsu.edu/planning/definitions)   SDSU is in the process of Diversity and Inclusion Planning for all academic and administrative units/divisions, and has recently set up a Division of Diversity and Innovation (https://diversity.sdsu.edu/) to help foster inclusive excellence.

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas, and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program, and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Commit to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population is essential.
  • Provide liaison, outreach, and support to assigned academic departments to ensure collections and services meet faculty and student needs.
  • Initiate and conduct course-related and general information literacy instruction and develop content, including course guides, subject guides, and other instructional and outreach materials in the assigned areas.
  • Provide the entire range of in-person and online reference services including research consultations for assigned departments at the undergraduate and graduate level. Also, participates in the shared reference desk (may include evening hours).
  • Build, assess and promote selected social science collections that meet the research and curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty.
  • Engage and participate in ongoing assessment of student learning, library collections and services.
  • Engage in professional service and scholarly contributions; participate in committees and faculty governance in the Library and on campus.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent foreign degree
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in the social sciences, or experience as a social sciences subject librarian.      
  • Knowledge of information sources and research methodologies related to one or more areas in the Social Sciences,
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and to create an environment of mutual respect.
  • Commitment to excellent public services and improving the library user experience.
  • Initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal communication and public presentation skills.
  • Potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion based on library service effectiveness, professional growth, and service to the University and community. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with information literacy instruction.
  • Experience providing research assistance to a diverse population and users of all levels.
  • Experience as a liaison to an academic department, a program, or a community organization.
  • Evidence of professional engagement at local, state or national level.

This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure track faculty position. Tenure is dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the University and community. Salary range: $69,348-$78,000. Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement package, as well as 24 vacation days per year.

This position will remain open until filled. Review will begin immediately. Preference will be given to applications received by January 31, 2020. Applicants must apply via https://apply.interfolio.com/72615. Anticipated start date is July 2020.

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.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

SDSU honors its residence on Kumeyaay land. For millennia, the Kumeyaay people have been a part of this land. This land has nourished, healed, protected and embraced them for many generations in a relationship of balance and harmony. As members of the San Diego State community we acknowledge this legacy. We promote this balance and harmony. We find inspiration from this land; the land of the Kumeyaay.

 

Temporary Librarian Positions

Temporary Librarian Pool

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor's degrees in 84 areas, master's degrees in 76 areas, and doctorates in 21 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 36,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program, and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups

The SDSU Library and Information Access maintains an open "pool" of applications that is reviewed on an as-needed basis for candidates whose qualifications closely meet the needed requirements. Applications will remain in our applicant pool during the academic year you apply, meaning we begin accepting documents to the pool starting July 1st and will purge the files the following June 1st. Temporary appointments may be either full or part-time.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide multidisciplinary research assistance, both online and in-person at the Research Services Desk
  • Cataloging
  • Collection development
  • Library instruction
  • Subject Liaison
Required Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent foreign degree: degree must be awarded at the time of application.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Academic Library experience
Desired Qualifications:
  • Reference Experience
  • Familiarity with reference tools in sciences, social sciences, or humanities
  • Ability to apply technology to reference and instructional services<
  • Cataloging experience with particular language or subject expertise
Application Procedures

Librarians who would like their applications on file are invited to send the following items:

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references
  • Brief statement about your commitment to fostering diversity

Application materials must be addressed to Patrick McCarthy, Interim Dean and you must apply via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/67994

Rank and Salary: Appointments are normally made at the Assistant Librarian rank; current full-time salary range is $52,716 - $70,872 per year.

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.

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


Staff Positions

Digital Humanities Center Operations Specialist (Library Services Specialist II)

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Under the general supervision of the Digital Humanities (DH) Librarian and Director of the Digital Humanities Center, the person in this position will provide assistance for the daily operations of the Digital Humanities Center, supporting the Digital Humanities Librarian in overseeing space usage and activities.  This person will maintain and coordinate the various Center calendars and ensure that the Center is appropriately staffed, including managing student assistants.  The person in this position will coordinate access to multiple digital studios via DH Center request systems and track usage statistics of those studios, as well as the overall space.  The person will serve as the point person for Digital Humanities events, leading the setup and breakdown of various programs and activities.  This person will also liaise with the Library’s IDT staff to ensure that DH Center equipment functions appropriately, maintaining hardware and software inventories and update schedules.  The person in this position will also deliver just-in-time consultation support for faculty and staff.  DH@SDSU has a particular focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in the digital age.  The Digital Humanities Center is the hub for these activities, supporting equity-minded digital scholarship related to research, teaching and learning.

For more information regarding the SDSU Library click here.

Digital Humanities Center Programs Specialist (Library Services Specialist III)

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Under the general supervision of the Digital Humanities (DH) Librarian and Director of the Digital Humanities Center (DHC), the person in this position will provide instructional and programmatic support to the DHC director, other DH initiative faculty members, researchers and students. Along with the director, this person will develop, implement and assess DH-related programs, events, and activities, as well as ongoing tools used in trainings and workshops; support formal and informal learning opportunities for faculty and students, including developing new workshop series and content; and support the director in the Center-related planning, communication, and assessment activities.  DH@SDSU has a particular focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in the digital age.  The Digital Humanities Center is the hub for these activities, supporting equity-minded digital scholarship related to research, teaching and learning.

For more information regarding Library and Information Access, click here.


Student Positions

Applications for student assistant positions in the library for Spring 2020 are now closed.