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Faculty Positions

Tenure Track Librarian Positions


Temporary Librarian Positions

Temporary Librarian Pool

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 34,000 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. This applicant pool is reviewed, on an as-needed basis, for candidates whose qualifications most closely meet the needed requirements. 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

Librarians wishing to be included in the "pool" are invited to send a letter of application; curriculum vitae; names, postal and e-mail addresses of three professional references; and a brief statement about your commitment to fostering diversity to:

Patrick McCarthy, Associate Dean
Library and Information Access
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Applications may be submitted by email. Send to pmccarthy@mail.sdsu.edu.

Applications will be kept active for six months. Candidates who wish to remain in the active temporary pool may submit updated documents at the end of the six-month period.

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 Instructional Support Assistant III (Instructional Support Assistant III) - Job #6686

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 Director of the Digital Humanities Center (DHC), the person in this position will provide technical and logistical lab support to the DHC director, other DH initiative faculty members, researchers and students.  Along with the director, this person will develop, implement and assess ongoing tools used in trainings and workshops; support informal learning opportunities for faculty and students; and support the director in the Center-related planning, communication, and assessment activities.

Please visit the Center for Human Resources to view the complete position description and to view the additional open positions with the University. 

Senior Systems Administrator (OSA), Library and Information Access - Job #6661

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not 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.  

The San Diego State University Library is seeking a senior systems administrator to work in a diverse academic setting to support systems in both the Library and the division of Academic Affairs. The candidate will serve as lead of the Library’s Servers and Applications Team and assist in expanding enterprise server/cloud-based solutions used by diverse users across the university. The successful candidate should have exceptional interpersonal skills and be a multifaceted technology individual who is motivated by new challenges.

The candidate’s team supports server infrastructure, Windows servers, Linux servers, application administration, database, programming and web design. It is expected that the candidate will serve a primary role in working with colleges and departments across campus to ensure infrastructure and policies are in place that support both departmental needs and the faculty research needs of the university.

Please visit the Center for Human Resources to view the complete position description and to view the additional open positions with the University. 

Web Designer (Analyst/Programmer-Career), Library & Information Access - Job #6608

This is a full-time (1.0time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary)position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not 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. The San Diego State University Library is seeking a motivated, creative, and service-oriented Web Designer with the skills required to design, develop, and maintain responsive, consistent, intuitive, and easy to use websites. The incumbent should have three or more years of full time professional work experience designing websites. This position supports several websites and is responsible for ensuring sites comply with accessibility standards.  Interested candidates must include links to their portfolios within their resumes. 

Please visit the Center for Human Resources to view the complete position description and to view the additional open positions with the University. 

Student Positions

Applications for student assistant positions in the library for Fall 2018 will be accepted from August 8, 2018 through September 10, 2018. If you are available during the summer please make a note on the application and a supervisor will reach out to you if necessary.


To apply, download and fill out the application and name it in the following format:

Last Name, First Name_FA 2018

e.g. Smith, John_FA 2018


Email your application to libadmin@sdsu.edu. If you chose to submit a resume and cover letter please save the file in a similar format as the application. We do not accept hard copy applications.

The majority of student assistants are hired at the beginning of the semester; however, student positions are filled as vacancies arise. It is important, therefore, that your application contain current information, particularly your telephone number and e-mail address. If you have a change of address, phone number, or class schedule, please revise your application and email it to libadmin@sdsu.edu indicating that you have revised your application. Applications are kept on file for one semester only.