Research and Instruction Librarian for the College of Science, Cal Poly Pomona

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Research and Instruction Librarian for the College of Science
Tenure Track Faculty Position
Research & Instruction Services Unit
University Library

Rank: Senior Assistant Librarian
Salary Range: $79,000 – $85,470 annually

Position Details

The Research and Instruction Librarian for the College of Science fills a crucial role in the University Library’s Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Unit. As a full-time tenure-track library faculty member at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank, the Science Librarian is designated as the University Library’s subject librarian for students, faculty, and staff in the Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Computer Science; Geological Sciences; Kinesiology and Health Promotion; Mathematics and Statistics; and Physics and Astronomy departments as well as Science and Mathematics education foci in the College of Science. With an active commitment to the academic community, the Science Librarian provides comprehensive support for science courses and initiatives across campus, with a particular focus on support for initiatives dealing with research data management, open science, and cybersecurity.

In this role, the incumbent provides research consultations tailored to science-related topics for both faculty and students. The Science Librarian conducts specialized course-integrated instruction sessions for the College of Science and general library workshops focusing on science-related disciplinary resources and research methodologies.

Providing general research assistance is a key aspect of the Science Librarian’s responsibilities, both in-person at the Research Help Desk and virtually through Zoom, chat, email, and phone. Beyond basic assistance, the librarian provides in-depth research consultations, available in-person or virtually. Moreover, the Science Librarian teaches course-integrated instruction sessions within assigned disciplinary areas, designing and delivering library-sponsored workshops covering both discipline-specific and general science-related topics. Additionally, the Science Librarian develops online and embedded learning resources such as research guides and tutorials as needed, facilitating student learning and research within the sciences. The Science Librarian also assists faculty in detecting predatory journals and provides advice on scholarly communication.

The responsibilities of the Science Librarian extend to direct outreach efforts, with a focus on seven departments within the College of Science, with an emphasis on outreach to the First Year Experience courses and graduate programs in those departments. This position would also be expected to work in close collaboration with faculty in the College of Science and in related disciplines. Actively participating in library outreach activities, the Science Librarian contributes to the design and execution of public programming. Furthermore, in alignment with Cal Poly Pomona’s commitment to fostering an inclusive campus climate, the Science Librarian supports and enhances programs, services, content, and collections to meet the diverse needs of the institution and its library users. Serving as a facilitator for effective communication between the University Library and the College of Science, the Science Librarian actively contributes to an environment that promotes student success and faculty productivity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science or equivalent from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association (degree must be awarded by the start of the appointment.)
  • Demonstrated experience or potential to apply inclusive pedagogies and teaching practices in delivering information literacy instruction and reference services that support student learning and success.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff in a multicultural/multiethnic campus environment with a substantial first-generation student population.
  • Evidence of capability and commitment to research and professional development in Library and Information Sciences is required for a CSU tenure-track faculty member.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above – “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success”.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  1. Specialization or coursework in science or related field.
  2. Knowledge of general information resources related to the hard sciences and/or specific science-focused information resources or strong understanding or willingness to learn about scientific literature, databases, and research methodologies.
  3. Experience with collection development, including familiarity with information resources relevant to the sciences.
  4. Demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines and support interdisciplinary initiatives and manage projects to successful completion.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Familiarity with information literacy instruction and workshop development.
  7. Strong organizational and multitasking skills.
  8. Familiarity with open-access or open-science materials and resources.
  9. Experience or familiarity with LaTex or BibTex software.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this full-time on-site position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of:

  1. Cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.
  2. A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above – “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).
  3. Curriculum vitae.

Finalists for the position will:

  1. be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview;
  2. be required to provide three contacts for professional and/or supervisory references; and
  3. be required to give a presentation on a relevant topic related to the position.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than May 15, 2024.

Please direct inquiries to Shonn Haren, Search Committee Chair, at

Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.