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Science Librarian, University Library

Employer
California State Polytechnic University- Pomona
Location
Pomona, California
Salary
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

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Research and Instruction Librarian for the College of Science
Tenure Track Faculty Position
Research & Instruction Services Unit
University Library

Rank:  Senior Assistant Librarian
Salary Range:  $79,000 - $85,470 annually

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the University Library. Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model. 

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership. 

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit www.cpp.edu, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022. Fifty-seven percent of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown, less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander, and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology, and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society. 
As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below.

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:
1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

University Library

As an essential department within the Division of Academic Affairs, the University Library supports student learning and success and fosters faculty productivity by providing efficient access to resources, information, and data and offers a full suite of public services including research support, instructional services, and public programming for students, faculty, staff, and the general community in support of the University's instruction, research, and public service missions. The library serves as one of the key public spaces on campus for students to work, study, and collaborate. The library faculty and staff strive to create a welcoming, inclusive, and innovative learning environment that fosters exploration, discovery, research, and scholarship while offering students a variety of study spaces and technology to support their academic studies.

Research & Instruction Services Unit

The Research and Instruction Services (RIS) unit provides assistance to users in accessing the Library's rich information resources. We also help our students develop information skills that not only serve their immediate research needs but also prepare them for graduate studies, careers, and lifelong learning. We use a variety of methods, including course-integrated library instruction, special workshops, research assistance in-person or via email, chat, phone, or by appointment, instructional guides, video tutorials, and Frequently Asked Questions.


Position Details
The Research and Instruction Librarian for the College of Science fills a crucial role in the University Library's Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Unit. As a full-time tenure-track library faculty member at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank, the Science Librarian is designated as the University Library’s subject librarian for students, faculty, and staff in the Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Computer Science; Geological Sciences; Kinesiology and Health Promotion; Mathematics and Statistics; and Physics and Astronomy departments as well as Science and Mathematics education foci in the College of Science. With an active commitment to the academic community, the Science Librarian provides comprehensive support for science courses and initiatives across campus, with a particular focus on support for initiatives dealing with research data management, open science, and cybersecurity.
In this role, the incumbent provides research consultations tailored to science-related topics for both faculty and students. The Science Librarian conducts specialized course-integrated instruction sessions for the College of Science and general library workshops focusing on science-related disciplinary resources and research methodologies.
Providing general research assistance is a key aspect of the Science Librarian’s responsibilities, both in-person at the Research Help Desk and virtually through Zoom, chat, email, and phone. Beyond basic assistance, the librarian provides in-depth research consultations, available in-person or virtually. Moreover, the Science Librarian teaches course-integrated instruction sessions within assigned disciplinary areas, designing and delivering library-sponsored workshops covering both discipline-specific and general science-related topics. Additionally, the Science Librarian develops online and embedded learning resources such as research guides and tutorials as needed, facilitating student learning and research within the sciences.  The Science Librarian also assists faculty in detecting predatory journals and provides advice on scholarly communication.
The responsibilities of the Science Librarian extend to direct outreach efforts, with a focus on seven departments within the College of Science, with an emphasis on outreach to the First Year Experience courses and graduate programs in those departments. This position would also be expected to work in close collaboration with faculty in the College of Science and in related disciplines. Actively participating in library outreach activities, the Science Librarian contributes to the design and execution of public programming. Furthermore, in alignment with Cal Poly Pomona's commitment to fostering an inclusive campus climate, the Science Librarian supports and enhances programs, services, content, and collections to meet the diverse needs of the institution and its library users. Serving as a facilitator for effective communication between the University Library and the College of Science, the Science Librarian actively contributes to an environment that promotes student success and faculty productivity.

Minimum Requirements:
* Master's degree in library or information science or equivalent from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association (degree must be awarded by the start of the appointment.)
* Demonstrated experience or potential to apply inclusive pedagogies and teaching practices in delivering information literacy instruction and reference services that support student learning and success.
* Demonstrated experience and commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff in a multicultural/multiethnic campus environment with a substantial first-generation student population. 
* Evidence of capability and commitment to research and professional development in Library and Information Sciences is required for a CSU tenure-track faculty member.
* Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success”.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
1. Specialization or coursework in science or related field.
2. Knowledge of general information resources related to the hard sciences and/or specific science-focused information resources or strong understanding or willingness to learn about scientific literature, databases, and research methodologies.
3. Experience with collection development, including familiarity with information resources relevant to the sciences.
4. Demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines and support interdisciplinary initiatives and manage projects to successful completion.
5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
6. Familiarity with information literacy instruction and workshop development.
7. Strong organizational and multitasking skills.
8. Familiarity with open-access or open-science materials and resources.
9. Experience or familiarity with LaTex or BibTex software.


Conditions of Employment:
The person offered this full-time on-site position is required to pass a background check. 
Application Process:
A completed application will consist of:
1. Cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.
2. A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).
3. Curriculum vitae.
Finalists for the position will:
1. be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview;
2. be required to provide three contacts for professional and/or supervisory references; and
3. be required to give a presentation on a relevant topic related to the position.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than May 15, 2024.

Please direct inquiries to Shonn Haren, Search Committee Chair, at smharen@cpp.edu.

Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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Cal Poly Pomona is among the best public universities in the West and is nationally ranked for helping students achieve economic success. As an inclusive polytechnic university, we cultivate success through experiential learning, discovery and innovation. Our graduates are ready to succeed in the professional world on Day 1.

Faculty in all disciplines put theory to practice, providing students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on projects, research collaborations, and valuable internship and service-learning programs.

Our history and geography are unlike any other university in the region. Nowhere else can students ride an Arabian horse, practice on a Steinway piano, bring a new product to market, and build a liquid-fueled rocket.

As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly Pomona utilizes a technology-enhanced, learn-by-doing approach to education. Students enjoy endless opportunities for involvement in a vibrant and diverse community.

When you join Cal Poly Pomona as an employee, you join a diverse community of professionals dedicated to supporting students in the pursuit of their college degree and their career dreams.

As one of only seven polytechnic universities nationwide, Cal Poly Pomona is known for its learn-by-doing philosophy and for preparing job-ready graduates.  We are one of 23 campuses that form the nation's largest university system, The California State University (CSU).  We play a critical role in preparing outstanding individuals for the job market and to be leaders that will drive California's economy in the agriculture, information technology, business, hospitality, life sciences, health care, public administration, education, media and entertainment industries.

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