Luria Library Resident Librarian 2022-2023, Santa Barbara City College

Are you just out of library school? Come explore community college librarianship in a vital and welcoming library in southern California!

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The Luria Resident is generously funded by The SBCC Foundation. This is an opportunity for a recent library school graduate to explore community college librarianship by working in all areas of an award-winning community college library. The position is a temporary, part-time (25 hours per week) appointment, starting August 29, 2022 and ending May 19, 2023.

About SBCC

Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC is renowned as one of the leading two-year community colleges in California – and the nation. The college has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities and numerous student services. In 2013 SBCC was awarded the esteemed Aspen Prize as the #1 Community College in the United States.

About the Library

The Eli Luria Library, named after our benefactor Eli Luria, was built in 1989. Embracing its slogan (Explore, Learn, Grow), the Luria Library seeks to inspire discovery by offering dynamic, innovative, and welcoming physical and virtual environments for students and faculty, and providing the resources, services, and instruction they need to achieve educational, professional, and personal growth and success. In January 2011, we won the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The Resident Library will gain experience in access, technical, collection areas and will be providing reference services, both face-to-face and online, instructing students and faculty in the use of library resources, and teaching information competency workshops based on the ACRL Framework. In our teaching, we seek to use culturally-responsive pedagogical techniques and effective practices for engaging African American and Latinx students who are historically underrepresented and underserved in many academic libraries.


  • Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in Library Science, Library and Information Science awarded in 2021 or 2022 (degree must be awarded prior to start date).
  • A career interest in community college librarianship.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills; adaptable to a rapidly changing environment, and ability to collaborate with various departmental service units.
  • Energetic, innovative, and flexible.

Possible Tasks and Areas of Work

The Library Resident will rotate through different operations of the library. The list below is an example of the processes and tasks the Library Resident might expect to participate in during a semester. The Library Resident is also encouraged to make suggestions and bring their own innovative ideas.

Technical services

  • Acquisitions and cataloging
  • Enhance bibliographic records in integrated library system

Collection Development

  • Recommend purchases using acquisition plan and reviewing sources
  • Participate in collection review for deaccessioning


  • Participate in SBCC activities to promote library program
  • Add to library blog and participate in social media updates
  • Explore and implement eBook and database promotion
  • Create book and other displays


  • Collaborate with librarians to develop, deliver, and assess research instruction in discipline specific classes
  • Create online research guides, video tutorials, and other learning objects for specific disciplines, courses, and assignments
  • Support and provide reference services


  • Collaborate with librarians to develop and implement measures to assess library resources, services, and instruction.
  • Create user survey or usability studies

Schedule and Salary

The position begins August 29, 2022. The Library Resident will work approximately 25-hours per week during the academic semester. Specific schedules will be mutually agreed upon with the Department Chair. The position is formally an adjunct librarian and will be paid on that salary schedule (approximately $45/hr, no benefits).

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