Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – Assistant Librarian – San Francisco

November 10, 2015

The San Francisco campus of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has a full-time opening for the position of Assistant Librarian. Under the direction of the branch Head Librarian this position is responsible for the following library and textiles and materials workroom duties while adhering to the Mission Statements of the Library and FIDM.


– Assist in all Library services; including, but not limited to: reference services, circulation, cataloging, and serials.
– Assist in developing and delivering in-person presentations that integrate information literacy into the curriculum.
– Assist in collection development.
– Answer questions in the library, either in-person, via telephone, or library e-mail.

– Responsible for Materials Workroom; including, but not limited to: organization, collection balance, visual presentation, housekeeping, etc.
– Assist and instruct all patrons in locating materials in the Materials Workroom as well as in the other general / specific areas of Library.

– Assist in organizing the annual Innovative Materials Conference.
– Research new materials for interiors and textiles on a constant basis utilizing trend services, magazines, internet and material shows.
– Update the Innovative Materials Collection, and assist in acquiring new items for annual Innovative Materials Conferences.
– Promote and present the Innovative Materials Collection, including Material ConneXion, in classroom presentations.

– Actively search for new donation resources.
– Provide support of serials check-in and processing of serials subscriptions as assigned.
– Provide support of cataloging and processing of materials as assigned.
– Assist in preparation and maintenance of patron handouts.
– Assist in the maintenance of the costume study collection.
– Assist students in basic troubleshooting procedures on computers, printers, scanners, and photocopiers.

– Participate and provides feedback for the Library’s social media networking sites.
– Assist in annual inventory.
– Perform shelf reading and shelving duties.
– Help maintain the appearance and functionality of the Library.
– Participate in events in support of FIDM or the Library.


– Bachelor’s Degree and enrollment in program and/or course work toward an accredited MLIS.

– Strong communication and presentation skills.
– Computer literate at the intermediate skill level with competency in those tasks determined necessary for the position.


– Knowledge of fiber characteristics, textile names, construction, and use.

– Work experience in an academic library.
– Background or previous work experience related to one of the areas of study at FIDM.


– Some evening and weekend hours required.


Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to the attention of:

Brian Seguin, Head Librarian
FIDM Library
55 Stockton St., 8th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Head of the Asian Library – Claremont University Consortium

November 9, 2015

The Claremont Colleges, a distinguished consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions located just east of Los Angeles, California, seeks an energetic, innovative, and productive Head of the Asian Library (HAL) for the Claremont Colleges Library.

Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and Libraries, the HAL will be forward-thinking in developing information resources and services that ensure that the Asian Library meets the current research, teaching, and learning needs of the Claremont Colleges’ faculty, students, and staff. The successful candidate will bring vision, enthusiasm, analytical skills, and deep academic interest in Asia to this position.

The HAL will serve as the leader and spokesperson for the Asian Library within the Claremont Colleges Consortium. As the library’s leading subject expert on Asia, the HAL will seize this opportunity to transform the Asian Library from a traditional, print collections-focused unit into a vibrant technology-enabled research, teaching, and learning space. Our new Asian Library will feature energetic services, collaborative spaces, new technologies, and demand-driven subject and language information resources that support current research, teaching, and learning, a critical initiative in the library’s new strategic plan. The HAL will make faculty and student engagement in the Asian Library a top priority.

Requirements include an MLIS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent education and experience, at least three years of professional level experience providing library services in higher education, English and Asian language skills, and academic work relating to Asia or deep knowledge of Asian Studies as an academic discipline.

Salary is negotiable, with full benefits package included. For the complete position description and application procedures visit: Candidates applying by January 11, 2016 will be given first consideration.


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Librarian for Research and Outreach, Holy Names University, Oakland

November 9, 2015

JOB: Librarian for Research and Outreach, Holy Names University, Oakland

Who we are:
HNU is a progressive, inclusive, and rigorous academic community offering a liberal arts and professional education in Oakland, California, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. We prepare students to think critically and imaginatively, to understand and employ various modes of knowledge, to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to promote the common good. Paul J. Cushing Library serves an essential role on campus, providing information literacy instruction and research resources to students, faculty, and staff.

What will you do at Holy Names University?
Your role will vary as you work alongside the other members of the library team, partner with various academic departments, and support the University’s mission.

Once you’re here, you will:

  • Lead classes and workshops for students and faculty on information and how it is used;
  • Help coordinate and implement a programmatic instruction strategy for achieving the
  • University’s information literacy learning outcomes;
  • Consult with students on their research projects and teach them how to navigate information resources;
  • Develop the library’s collection of print and electronic materials as both an academic and community resource;
  • Teach students how to critically evaluate the world of information around them;
  • Represent the library at campus events and new student orientations;
  • Promote the library as a creative and productive space for students on campus and online;
  • Work side-by-side with faculty to better understand their curriculum and to support their needs;
  • Track the use of library resources to shed light on emerging patterns and trends in information use.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Provided reference and instruction services in an academic library setting;
  • Experience developing and assessing learning outcomes for information literacy instruction;
  • Strong time management and project management skills;
  • A willingness to take on different responsibilities and roles as circumstances require;
  • A flexible schedule and ability to work some weeknights and/or weekends;
  • Technical know-how;
  • Experience using and managing electronic resources, such as LibGuides, scholarly article databases, and integrated library systems;
  • A strong sense of camaraderie and an excitement to work in partnership with colleagues, faculty, and students.

Experience and Education Required:
Holy Names University is interested in candidates with at least two years of academic library experience, particularly in reference and instruction. Instruction experience should include designing, implementing, and assessing information literacy instruction at the college level. Candidates should be able to share their approach to the following: classroom teaching, service at the reference desk, collection development, and library outreach. Candidates are required to have a master’s degree in library and information sciences (MLIS) or equivalent.

Download and complete an application on the Holy Names University employment page and email it along with cover letter and resume to

See HNU’s employment page for more details and application instructions.