California State University Dominguez Hills is seeking a Reference Services Coordinator / Faculty Liaison to provide leadership for our research help services in our Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Services (RIOS) department. Here are some quick answers to questions you might have about the position:
What is the official description for the job?
We’re looking for a librarian who will provide leadership in planning, providing, promoting, and assessing our research help services and initiatives. This includes supervising and training students at our Research Help Desk, analyze our stats, and helping us connect research help to our student success goals. All the librarians in RIOS are also responsible for providing research assistance, serving as a liaison to assigned academic departments, teaching information literacy sessions, and participating in outreach activities.
Shorter version: Manage our research help services and be a liaison librarian!
Why is working for the CSU so awesome?
Glad you asked! The California State University system is the nation’s largest and most affordable public four-year university system. We are the people’s university, so every day you get to make a difference, work in a diverse and inclusive environment, and foster intellectual growth. Plus, we have a strong faculty union, exemplary leadership, a faculty committed to social justice, and motivated students.
What is your current reference model like?
We have undergraduate students who staff our Research Help Desk during almost all of our operating hours. During business hours librarians provide on-call backup for advanced reference questions and answer chat questions through Springshare’s LibChat. Each liaison librarian also offers in-person and online appointments. We are excited to see what the person holding this position will envision and propose. Will it be additional peer-learning ideas? Additional connections to our instruction program? Designing meaningful student employment?
Where is Dominguez Hills? I’ve never heard of it…
The land we’re on is named for the family of Juan Jose Dominguez, a Spanish soldier who received a grant of 75,000 acres for grazing cattle from the governor of the Spanish province of California in 1784. Prior to the Dominguez family, the first inhabitants of this land were the Gabrielino Indians. Today we call this place Carson, California, which is in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Still not ringing any bells? We’re not far from Long Beach. If you want to nerd out on our history, check it out here: http://www.csudh.edu/campus-history/ . If you prefer sports to history, you may be interested to note that the StubHub Center, home to the LA Galaxy and temporarily the LA Chargers, is right next door.
I didn’t take a typical path to academic librarianship. Should I still apply?
Definitely! We welcome people from all backgrounds and all libraries as long as they too are committed to ensuring that the university and the library are welcoming and safe spaces where all can thrive, create, work, and learn. ALA-accredited master’s degree. Even if you haven’t had a position just like this one before, if you are collegial, enthusiastic, and as committed to public service as we are, you may well be a good fit!
What is the tenure process like at CSUDH?
Our retention, tenure, and promotion process is based on your librarianship role, scholarship, and service. You can see all our guidelines here: https://www.csudh.edu/Assets/csudh-sites/faculty-affairs/docs/rtp-definitions/university-library-rtp-2016.pdf [PDF]
For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.csudh.edu/hr/job-opportunities/ and find position #3386 under job opportunities.