Reference and Instruction Librarian, Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University offers an exceptional educational experience that fosters intellectual, cognitive, social, and personal growth. As the only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in California, we are uniquely positioned to foster ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. We have a strong commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and communicate effectively in an ever-changing world. The unique campus culture fosters our Seawolf Commitment to integrity, respect, excellence, and responsibility and is integrated into all campus life. We nurture inclusive excellence through a celebration of the rich diversity of our local communities and our interconnected global economy. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. SSU is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The University

Sonoma State University’s beautiful 274-acre campus is located in Sonoma County wine country, an hour north of San Francisco. The campus offers the ideal setting for teaching and learning and access to a community of rich cultural, environmental, and recreational opportunities. Founded in 1960, Sonoma State University is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University System. As members of the largest public higher educational system in the nation, we provide accessible, high quality education to more than 9,000 students. Sonoma State University is proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region and state.

The Department

The University Library is a dynamic and innovative partner in the Sonoma State community. Our faculty and staff are recognized for seamlessly connecting information and services to users, contributing to the educational mission, and preserving the history of the University and North Bay community. We value equity, diversity, and inclusion, and work to build equity in our community by creating an inclusive, welcome learning environment.

Staffing currently consists of 10 FTE professional librarians and 20 FTE paraprofessionals. The Library’s building is a dynamic learning space that features two instructional labs, 200+ computers, 12 group study rooms, quiet study and collaborative working spaces, a café, art gallery, and automated storage and retrieval system.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to see the department’s Web page at:

Duties of the Position

The faculty of the University Library at Sonoma State University invites applications for temporary librarian positions. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, collaborative, and user-centered with experience providing research assistance and teaching information literacy.


Temporary librarians provide online and face-to-face instruction and research support to students; demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty and staff.

They are typically not required to participate in library service such as committee work, outreach initiatives, special collections support, and/or research guide development, but may be asked to perform these services depending on background and experience.

Professional Qualifications

To be recommended for appointment, the candidate must have:


  • American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Experience providing reference services for libraries and/or demonstrated fluency with library reference.
  • Experience providing information literacy instruction and/or demonstrated fluency with library pedagogy.
  • Commitment to principles of diversity and inclusion; ability to work well with diverse populations.


  • Experience providing reference and instruction in academic libraries.
  • Experience using Springshare’s suite of products (e.g., LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibChat, etc.).

Rank and Salary

Full-time is 15-unit workload per semester. Actual salary is dependent upon number of units assigned, educational preparation, and availability of funds subject to any CSU system faculty contract salary increases.

  • Selection as a candidate in the applicant pool, does not guarantee employment. Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a part-time, temporary basis and contingent upon department needs and funding.
  • Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided for temporary faculty appointments.
  • Expenses incurred to attend an interview for temporary faculty positions are not reimbursed by the University.

How To Apply

Do not send materials to To apply for this position, go to and click on the External Applicant link under the Legacy Jobs Site section. If you are not currently employed at Sonoma State University, register a new account. If you are currently employed at Sonoma State University, log in with your SSU username and password. You will be redirected to a list of all available jobs at Sonoma State University. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not applied for a job at Sonoma State University previously you will be asked to Register Now in order to proceed. At the initial stage of the application, you will be prompted to upload a resume. Please combine your CV and cover letter into one PDF document and upload it in place of the resume. Once you have submitted the application, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email

Please submit:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact Information for 3 References

Official transcripts are required at the time of hire.

Application procedures for temporary faculty already teaching in the department:

  • Temporary Faculty with three-year contracts do not need to reapply.
  • Temporary Faculty who have taught for the department within the past two years only need to submit a Lecturer Qualified Course Form and updated CV to remain in the pool. The hiring committee will review the Personnel Action File and then determine whether an additional interview would be beneficial.

Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Sonoma State University does not facilitate the process of applying for an H1B Visa for temporary positions.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply is April 23, 2021.

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to:

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