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Senior Assistant Librarian: Systems & Digital Strategies Librarian

California State University Los Angeles
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 28, 2021

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Position: Senior Assistant Librarian: Systems & Digital Strategies Librarian

Starting Date: Spring 2022

Minimum Qualifications:
1) ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science.
2) Working knowledge and experience with web-based discovery systems/services (e.g. Primo/Primo VE) and one or more of the following systems/applications: unified library services platforms (e.g. Alma), link resolvers, proxy servers, digital asset management systems, digital exhibits, and/or institutional/digital repositories.
3) Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging digital technology trends and applications in higher education and/or academic libraries.
4) Evidence of excellent interpersonal communication skills, the ability to explain difficult or technical concepts in layman’s terms, and strong project management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
1) A degree in computer science or a related field.
2) Demonstrated experience implementing and/or managing unified library services platforms (e.g. Alma), link resolvers, proxy servers, digital asset management systems, digital exhibits, and institutional/digital repositories.
3) Demonstrated knowledge/experience implementing/supporting library technologies and digital library services. 
4) Demonstrated programming experience in one or more of the following: JQuery, Java, Ruby, Perl, PHP, Python.

The primary professional responsibilities include the implementation, overall management, support and development of the University Library’s unified library services platform (Alma), and discovery system (Primo/Primo VE), institutional repository (Samvera), digital asset management systems (Luna Imaging), digital collection/archival systems (Omeka, ArchiveSpace) and access/authentication applications (EZproxy). The Systems and Digital Strategies Librarian collaborates with other library personnel to develop policies, procedures and workflows that enhance services and resource management, access, discoverability and preservation of the library’s digital collections and e-resources. The Systems & Digital Strategies Librarian will have an opportunity to lead the development and implementation of an overarching digital strategy for the University Library in close collaboration with the University Library Leadership Council and campus partners. S/he will help to enrich and deepen connections between students, scholars, researchers, and innovators by making available and preserving digital knowledge.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in the University’s commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Appointment and Salary:
Appointment: This is a probationary, full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Librarians in the CSU system enjoy full faculty status and as such are eligible for campus service opportunities, sabbatical and other leaves, and additional benefits. Librarians are represented under Unit 3 of the California Faculty Association (CFA). Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans; generous paid leave (two days vacation credit for each qualifying month of service, one personal holiday per year, and one day of sick leave credit for each qualifying month of service); and membership in CALPERS, the largest retirement system in the country.  Library faculty must demonstrate professional competence, scholarly and/or creative achievement, and service to the University and community to meet university requirements for tenure and promotion.

The University:
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. 

The University Library:
As the academic heart of the university, the University Library’s mission is to advance intellectual discovery, stimulate creativity, inspire learning and transform Cal State LA’s diverse communities by connecting people to knowledge, providing learner-centered spaces and delivering innovative and responsive services. The University Library is undergoing rapid transformation with new leadership, a recently completed strategic plan, a growing team of passionate, collaborative and forward-thinking library faculty and staff, and a deep commitment to improving student success and supporting faculty excellence. An ambitious architectural master plan was recently completed, providing an exciting and transformative vision for renewing the library’s physical spaces to accommodate the growing needs of Cal State LA’s students and faculty. As part of the master plan, an academic success center will be developed that will provide comprehensive and fully integrated peer-to-peer academic success services for students. Librarians at Cal State LA enjoy full faculty status and are eligible for campus professional development/funding opportunities, sabbatical leave, university-wide service, and other benefits. For additional information see

Required Documentation:
Please submit the following to the Appointments Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.
3) A curriculum vitae.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form (

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Review of applications will begin November 7, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Please type “University Library Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the Appointments Committee Chair Holly Yu at:

Note: 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.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.

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