Research and Instruction Librarian (Non-Tenure Track), Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona is hiring a full-time, non-tenure track Research and Instruction Librarian!

For full description and application instructions click here.

Rank: Assistant Librarian (non-tenure track)

Salary: $5,017 monthly ($60,204 for 12-months)

Starting Date: After September 15, 2022

Position Description

The Cal Poly Pomona University Library invites applications for a Research and Instruction Librarian, Non-Tenure Track to join the Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Department. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position with an ongoing 12-month appointment beginning after September 15, 2022. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences, backgrounds, and interests, including recent graduates, early career professionals, and those seeking a new career path.

Based in the Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Department of the University Library, the Research & Instruction Librarian, with support from the Unit head, will work primarily with the Library’s RIS unit to serve as the library’s subject liaison to the History, Philosophy, and Political Science departments. In this role, they will provide research consultations for the faculty and students in the departments and offer both course-integrated instruction sessions for History/Philosophy/Political Science classes, as well as general library workshops dealing with concepts related to information literacy. This librarian will also develop online learning resources, such as LibGuides and tutorials as needed to assist the instruction of the students in these departments.

This position will also be responsible for the management and development of the University Library’s collection pertaining to History, Philosophy, & Political Science under the guidance of the Unit Head. This will require them to collaborate with department faculty to determine the department’s need for resources in the library’s collection and update the collection profile to reflect those needs.

This librarian may assist the Unit Head by supporting specific departments or programs. Unlike our tenure-track positions, librarians in temporary, non-tenure track roles are not required or expected to fulfill service obligations or conduct research.


  • Works with university and library faculty to develop and deliver library services and select library resources that support the curricular and research needs of History, Philosophy, & Political Science.
  • Under the guidance of RIS Unit Head, serves as the subject librarian for History, Philosophy, & Political Science departments. As a subject librarian, the librarian engages in the following activities:
    • Promotes library services and collections to students, faculty, staff and university and general community.
    • Provides assistance and instruction in finding and evaluating information and in identifying and accessing appropriate library and scholarly resources to support academic endeavors.
    • Provides general and specialized disciplinary research and reference services in-person and virtually to students, faculty, staff, and members of the general community in the assigned subject areas.
    • Develops and delivers instruction to students, faculty, and scholars including course-integrated instructional sessions and library-sponsored instructional programs in the assigned subject areas.
    • In collaboration with faculty, develops lesson plans and research assignments that focus on teaching critical thinking and information literacy competencies with a specific focus on how these competencies can be practiced in the disciplinary area of the assigned subject areas. Instructs library users to be critical thinkers by teaching them how to choose and develop research topics, formulate research questions, search for and evaluate information, and use information ethically.
    • Advises library users regarding the creation, sharing, and use of scholarly research by consulting on scholarly communication topics such as institutional repositories, open access models and options, copyright and author rights, data management and curation, and open educational resources.
    • Promote the Library as an intellectual commons for discovery, inquiry, and exploration.
    • Develops online research guides using LibGuides platform and/or digital learning objects (online tutorials, videos, etc.) as needed to enhance student learning and support research in assigned subject areas.
  • Support collaborations that advance library and university initiatives in relation to collection building, teaching, and learning.
  • Attend training as required by the Library, University, and CSU System.
  • Keep current with new technologies, trends, and developments in assigned areas of responsibility and the field of librarianship.
  • As the Library budget allows, attend and participates in professional and scholarly conferences, workshops, programs, meetings, symposia, online courses, or webinars appropriate to position scope and professional goals.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library or information science or equivalent from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Experience providing reference service, research consultations, and/or other forms of user-centered customer service.
  • Experience in or ability to design and deliver library instruction and information literacy sessions and workshops.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds and experience in working in a diverse campus community.

Application Procedures

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by July 29, 2022; application review will begin on August 1, 2022. Early response is encouraged. Completed application packages will be available for examination by all tenured and probationary librarians.

A completed application (to be submitted via email) will consist of:

Following the initial screening, finalists will be asked to provide a copy of their official graduate school transcripts to the search committee chair.

Please address all inquiries, requests and application materials via email to:

Paul Hottinger, Research and Instruction Librarian, at
Chair for Research and Instruction, Non-Tenure Track, Librarian Search Committee

The 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 Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

About the Department

Centrally located on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, the University Library serves students, faculty, staff, and members of the general community. The University Library is a partner in student success and supports teaching, learning and research by scholars at all levels including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers from the general community. Library faculty and staff offer expert services to support student learning including general reference assistance and in-depth research consultations. Working in collaboration with teaching faculty, librarians design and deliver course-integrated instructional sessions that teach critical thinking and information and data literacy skills and help students develop strong research strategies and skills. Librarians design and deliver library-sponsored workshops on a variety of topics including library resources, disciplinary-specific and interdisciplinary research, and information literacy competencies that support curricular and co-curricular activities. Library staff provide services that include circulation of general and reserve collections and technology lending.

The Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Unit is a key public services unit that includes three tenured and one tenure-track library faculty, three temporary library faculty members, one staff member as well as student employees. RIS librarians serve as subject librarians to the academic departments and colleges and provide essential research and instructional services to the campus community.

About the University

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 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. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 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, 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 – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020. 58% 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 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Conditions of Employment

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action 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.