Arts and Humanities Librarian

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Job Description

The California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and student-focused tenure-track librarian to provide information-literacy focused instruction and reference for students and faculty in the disciplines of literature and writing, modern languages, philosophy, women’s studies, and fields within CSUSM’s School of Arts. The successful candidate is a reflective instructor that creates learning experiences within and beyond the classroom and assesses student learning with a focus on continuous improvement. In addition, the successful candidate recognizes that proactively fostering partnerships with faculty beyond the library is essential for the success of these efforts. The Arts and Humanities Librarian is an active participant in the CSUSM Library’s Information Literacy Program (ILP) and provides librarian-led instruction in first-year experience and general education courses as well as general research help to the campus community. The ILP works to develop learning opportunities, experiences, and environments that foster inquiry and curiosity within and beyond the CSUSM scholarly community, with a particular focus on developing the student-scholar. The Arts and Humanities Librarian will also develop curriculum-driven collections for the aforementioned disciplines. Library faculty work in a highly collaborative environment that emphasizes excellent teaching, professional practice, research and scholarship, university and community service, and professional growth. Additional responsibilities may be assigned based on the changing needs of the campus.

Minimum qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS or foreign equivalent. Coursework or equivalent experience in a field related to the aforementioned disciplines. Demonstrated potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion under the Library’s criteria for professional performance, scholarship and service. Teaching and/or instructional design experience. Experience working in an academic library setting. Significant knowledge of information literacy pedagogy. Knowledge of instructional technologies. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Desired/preferred qualifications: Experience planning, teaching and assessing information literacy instruction. Teaching and/or instructional design experience with first year students and/or students in the aforementioned programs. Experience designing and creating web-based and print instructional/informational materials. Experience with instructional technologies. Experience working with students and faculty in arts and/or humanities. Experience in developing curriculum-driven collections. Published/presented research in librarianship or a related field. Active participation in local, regional or national organizations. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research and/or service.

DUTIES: As a member of the Library’s Information Literacy Program, take a lead role in creating information-literacy focused learning opportunities and experiences for the following academic programs:  Literature and Writing, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Women’s Studies, School of Arts. 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. 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. Actively participate as a member of the ILP in the development, teaching, and assessment of instruction to first-year students. Provide leadership in the development of collections in the aforementioned academic programs. 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. Pursue a strong research agenda in within the field of academic librarianship or job-related field. Actively participate in library, university and/or professional-level service commitments.

How to Apply

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Faculty Application

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