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Social Sciences Librarian

Senior Assistant Librarian- 1819-020

Effective Date: Summer 2019

CSUSM is pleased to invite applications for a Social Sciences Librarian in the University Library at the level of Senior Assistant Librarian. This position is tenure-track, meaning that as a library faculty member at CSUSM, the incumbent will be responsible for their assigned subject areas, professional and campus service commitments, and research/creative activity.

About the position:

This position is responsible for instruction, reference, and collection development in the following social sciences: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Border and Regional Studies, Criminology, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Global Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Sociological Practice, and Social Sciences.

The incumbent should be a reflective instructor who creates learning experiences within and beyond the classroom and conducts assessment of student learning with a focus on continuous improvement. The successful candidate approaches their work with students and faculty (in and out of the classroom) with an equity-minded lens. In addition, the successful candidate will work to proactively foster partnerships with faculty beyond the library; collaborative work will be central to the incumbent’s success due to the inherent interdisciplinarity of these programs.

As an active participant in the University Library’s Teaching and Learning (TAL) Department, the incumbent will also provide librarian-led instruction in first-year experience and general education courses, as well as general research help to the campus community. Additional responsibilities may be assigned based on the changing needs of the campus.

About the Teaching and Learning Department:

The CSUSM University Library’s Teaching and Learning Department is made up of faculty liaison librarians and library staff. As a group, we value collaboration, inclusivity, critical reflection, and collegiality. We partner with college faculty to provide holistic learning experiences in all aspects of students’ academic endeavors in both general education and major courses. We center the university’s social justice mission in our work with information literacy.

The CSUSM Library, one of twenty-three libraries in the California State University System, supports the campus’ mission to place the student as an active participant in the learning process. The Library works collaboratively with the campus community to provide a dynamic learning environment and experiences within and beyond the classroom, as well as access to information needed to foster curiosity and scholarly inquiry. The 200,000 square foot Kellogg Library has five floors that include more than 40 group study rooms and 300 computers, and is a gateway to more than 180 electronic databases and 550,000 books and e-books. We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to join our growing organization of over 50 skilled faculty librarians and staff members, who support teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the fastest-growing universities in the California State University System. The CSUSM Library’s Strategic Plan, 2015-2020 can be found at


1.  As a member of the University Library’s Teaching and Learning (TAL) Department, take a lead role in creating information-literacy focused learning opportunities and experiences for the following academic programs: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Border and Regional Studies, Criminology, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Global Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Sociological Practice, and Social Sciences. This includes planning, teaching, and assessing information literacy and related instruction, as well as the proactive development of collaborative partnerships with faculty to provide such instruction.

2. Provide discipline-specific reference and research help to students, faculty, staff in the aforementioned programs, as well as the general public. Provide general reference and research help to the CSUSM campus community, including some nights and weekends.

3. Actively participate as a member of the TAL in the development, teaching, and assessment of instruction to first-year students.

4. Provide leadership in the development of the social sciences collections. Work with faculty in the various departments to ensure that the Library collection supports their curricular offerings. Prepare program review documents and other reports as needed.

5. Pursue a strong research agenda within the field of academic librarianship or job-related field.

6. Actively participate in library, university and/or professional-level service commitments.


ALA-accredited MLS or foreign equivalent. Demonstrated potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion under the Library's criteria for professional performance, scholarship and service. Demonstrated experience in an instructional setting. Significant knowledge and application of teaching and learning pedagogy. Knowledge of instructional technologies. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.


Experience in an academic library setting. Undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the aforementioned fields or a related field. Experience planning, teaching and assessing student learning outcomes. Experience with instructional technologies. Experience working with students and faculty in the aforementioned disciplines. Experience in developing collections that are reflective of undergraduate curriculum in the aforementioned disciplines. Published/presented research in librarianship or a related field. Active participation in local, regional or national organizations.

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A review of applications will begin on March 29, 2019, however, the position will be open until filled.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.

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California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.