Librarian, College of Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA

Librarian, College of Engineering

The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, seeks an enterprising, collaborative, user-focused professional to join us in a tenure-track faculty position as Engineering Librarian. We are looking for someone who embraces the learn-by-doing culture of our institution, who will provide dynamic, comprehensive, and meaningful support to the College of Engineering through innovation and collaboration, and who understands the important roles that data, information and communication play in the future of engineering practice and scholarship.

The College of Engineering is the largest of Cal Poly’s six colleges with eight academic departments and one academic program that together offer 13 Bachelor of Science degrees, 9 Masters of Science degrees, and 6 blended/joint bachelor and master’s degree programs. The college currently educates over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year and admission is extremely competitive. The college is recognized as one of the premier undergraduate engineering programs in the nation for its hands-on project- and design-based learning environment. For more information on the College of Engineering, see:

The Engineering Librarian will lead library outreach, instruction, and tailored research support focused on the unique needs of the students, faculty and staff of College of Engineering. The Engineering Librarian will build relationships with faculty, researchers, staff, and students in the college to facilitate access to information, to enhance course-integrated instruction in a variety of learning environments, and to build sustainable collections across media and platforms. The Engineering Librarian will facilitate connections between engineering and other library programs and services, specifically Data Services and Digital Scholarship Services, and participate in interdisciplinary, collaborative instruction and research support.

This position will be part of a team of librarians and staff who are committed to improving instructional effectiveness to advance student success. The applied research focus of our programs offers candidates the opportunity to extend their reach to the classroom as well as to projects and the lab. The successful candidate will be an effective teacher who uses creative pedagogical strategies, and can successfully support students in the classroom, virtually, and through extra-curricular activities.Candidates will have knowledge of collection development practices that support engineering curriculum and research. Candidates should be effective advocates for the library in the instructional and research programs of the college.

Candidates will demonstrate strategic and tactical capability, possess superior collaboration skills, organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate well across various audiences. Candidates will have a record of or the potential for successful scholarship activities. The successful candidate will have a record of being a highly collaborative self-starter.

This position is available at the Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian rank, with an anticipated hiring range of $61,000-70,000 plus a generous benefits package. Appointment rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For appointment at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank, three to five years of relevant library experience is required. For appointment at the Associate Librarian rank, six or more years of relevant academic library experience is required.

Required qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA accredited program or comparable academic library experience with relevant advanced degree
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in a relevant engineering or computational discipline, or, 1-2 years providing professional services to engineering disciplines in academic, corporate, or research library
  • Experience in developing, delivering, and assessing instructional programs
  • Experience evaluating, selecting, and maintaining print and digital library collections
  • Familiarity with issues and trends in information literacy, particularly as it relates to STEM education
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent creative, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and redefine priorities in a rapidly shifting environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a fluid organization
  • Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure
  • Ability to articulate a genuine enthusiasm for working with students and for this position
  • Minimum of three years of relevant library experience

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in designing and deploying instruction modules in online learning environments
  • Demonstrated understanding of the variety of data types, uses, and formats deployed in an academic and engineering environment
  • Experience teaching with technical computing software, computer-aided design, modeling, and/or geospatial tools
  • Demonstrated understanding of the data curation and data life cycle
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of tools for providing research data management services in academic environments
  • Familiarity with issues and trends in quantitative and data literacy

How to apply

To apply, visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and complete a required online faculty application, applying to requisition #103469 (direct link to the job posting: Please attach to your application a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing application. Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment. Next Review Begin Date: April 6, 2015 Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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About Kennedy Library

The Robert E. Kennedy Library is the 2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award winner. We are the first university library in California to receive the award since it was first given in 2000. We are the campus hub for information resources, integrating traditional library resources & technology to support the University’s evolving academic programs, research interests, & user needs. The library offers consultative and instructional services delivered by expert college librarians, and provides access to over 45,000 digital journals, 160,000 ebooks, and over 500,000 print volumes. The library building provides collaborative study spaces, computer labs, a Data Studio, and collection of K-8 textbooks and teaching resources. Study spaces on five floors include a popular atrium, a collaboration-friendly learning commons, a busy café, and ample natural light and views of the surrounding hills. Building visitors exceed 1.4 million a year. In 2008 the library launched DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a digital archive for the intellectual output of faculty and students, with over 20,000 unique items that receive more than 2.1 million downloads in the past year. In 2011 the library became part of Cal Poly’s new Information Services directorate, including both Information Technology Services and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. The library partners with many campus organizations to promote faculty development and student success, including several programs located in the Kennedy Library, including the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, the Academic Skills Center, and the Honors Program.

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About Cal Poly

As a member of the community whether student, professor or staff member, you will learn, lead, teach, and do at Cal Poly. Our alumni carry the Learn by Doing philosophy with them in their careers & into their communities. Cal Poly is a nationally ranked comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. With more than 18,000 undergraduates and approximately 1000 graduate students, Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

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About SLO

Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, along the beautiful central coast of California, with easy access to the ocean, mountains, and wine country. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, south of Monterey and Big Sur, San Luis Obispo offers a vibrant, culturally rich small-town community in an extraordinary setting.

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