Foundational Experiences Librarian

The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, seeks an energetic, creative, collaborative, user-focused professional to join us in a new tenure-track faculty position as Foundational Experiences Librarian. We are looking for someone with a passion for teaching who is willing to experiment with and deliver creative and effective instruction, both in the classroom and online; and who can create outreach programming that focuses on diverse student and prospective student audiences.

The Foundational Experiences Librarian will develop programming, both instructional and recreational, to support the development of competencies and literacies that are the underpinning of a successful comprehensive polytechnic education. Under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, this new position supports the library’s mission of promoting open and informed inquiry and fostering collaboration and innovation, by leading the library’s program of instructional outreach and services delivered through General Education (GE) courses in both physical and virtual learning environments. Through collaboration with various stakeholders, including our college librarians, this position will design and manage the integration of online learning modules and tutorials to broaden the reach of library instruction beyond the physical classroom.

This position also provides leadership, development, support, and assessment of student instructional contributions delivered by the LibRATs, our peer-to-peer learning technicians who provide reference at our Research Help Desk and lead sessions for lower division General Education courses.

Working closely with various library units and strategic partners, including Student Affairs, Admissions, Advising, Marketing, and other campus offices, partners and community members, this position leads the development and implementation of outreach and programs, both virtually and face to face, for new members of the Cal Poly community: prospective and first year students and families, as well transfer students and international students. This position will also coordinate instructional support to Cal Poly’s Summer Institute and Educational Opportunity students in collaboration with the Kennedy Inclusive Culture Committee (KICC). Creative and promotional talents will allow this position to work with the library’s user experience and communication teams to develop materials as well as coordinate and advance the library’s “whole student” programs. This position will be part of a team of librarians who are committed to improving instructional effectiveness to advance student success.

The successful candidate will be an effective teacher who uses creative pedagogical strategies, and who is adept at building relationships across the disciplines and with a variety of stakeholders.

Candidates will demonstrate strategic and tactical capability in creating and implementing outreach programs through events and virtual and written communications. Collaboration skills, organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate well across various audiences are essential. The successful candidate will have a record of being a highly collaborative self starter.

Required qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA accredited program or comparable academic library experience with relevant advanced degree;
  • Candidates must have demonstrated experience in classroom instruction, pedagogy, and teaching with technology;
  • Experience in coordinating service or instructional programs; candidates must show familiarity with issues and trends in information literacy (or other literacies) instruction, outreach, and working with faculty and students;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to articulate a genuine enthusiasm for working with students and this position.
  • Minimum of three years of relevant library experience

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in designing and deploying virtual instruction;
  • Experience in assessing student learning, teaching with technology, working with diverse student groups, working with peer-to-peer instructional or consultative programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in new and social media.

How to apply

To apply, visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and complete a required online faculty application, applying to requisition #103151. Please attach to your application a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing application. Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment. Review Begin Date: January 16, 2014.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different
backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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About Kennedy Library

The Robert E. Kennedy Library is a campus hub for information resources, integrating traditional library resources and technology to support the University's evolving academic programs, research interests, and user needs. The library offers consultative and instructional services delivered by expert college librarians, and provides access to over 32,000 digital journals and over 500,000 print volumes. The library building provides collaborative study spaces, computer labs, a Data Studio, and collection of K-8 textbooks and teaching resources. Study spaces on five floors include a popular atrium, a collaboration-friendly learning commons, a busy café, and ample natural light and views of the surrounding hills. Building visitors exceed 1.3 million a year. In 2008 the library launched DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a digital archive for the intellectual output of faculty and students, with over 2 million downloads in the past year. In 2011 the library became part of Cal Poly's new Information Services directorate, including both Information Technology Services and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. The library partners with many campus organizations to promote faculty development and student success, including several programs located in the Kennedy Library, including the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, the Academic Skills Center, and the Honors Program.

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About Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. With more than 18,000 undergraduates and approximately 1000 graduate students, Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

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About SLO

Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, along the beautiful central coast of California, with easy access to the ocean, mountains, and wine country. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, south of Monterey and Big Sur, San Luis Obispo offers a vibrant, culturally rich small-town community in an extraordinary setting.

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