Librarian, College of Engineering

The Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) seeks a creative, collaborative, and proactive librarian for the tenure-track position of College Librarian for Engineering. College Librarians play a key role in Cal Poly’s educational mission by having a strong presence in their assigned colleges. They build and maintain close relationships with students and faculty in order to meet their teaching, learning, research, and publication needs by connecting them to the library’s services, content, and tools.

Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Academic Services, the Engineering Librarian develops and leads the services and programs, as well as selects relevant information resources, to support the unique curricular and research needs of the college’s students, faculty, and staff. Responsibilities include instruction and research assistance, outreach and liaison services, collection development, and programmatic support activities. The CENG Librarian works collaboratively in these roles with the other librarians and library staff.

Librarians at Cal Poly hold faculty status and are expected to demonstrate outstanding professional performance; engage in professional development, research, scholarship, and creative activities; participate in service to the library, the university, the California State University system, and/or the community; and contribute to a collegial and productive work environment.

Required qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent advanced degree
  • Three years of relevant experience
  • Ability to articulate a genuine enthusiasm for this position
  • A strong service ethic and a commitment to customer-centered programs, services, and resources
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Ability to employ effective interpersonal skills to form strong connections with faculty and students
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and manage competing priorities
  • Ability to work productively, proactively, and constructively in a collegial team environment
  • Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to teach or instruct others
  • Ability to provide research assistance and reference services
  • Working knowledge of the literature and information resources in engineering disciplines
  • Capacity to engage in research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Capacity to provide service to the library, university, and/or community

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to design, promote, and deliver library instruction and research assistance
  • Knowledge of STEM-focused information literacy, library instruction, and reference services
  • Experience in developing and managing collections for STEM-related disciplines
  • Experience working in an academic library
  • Experience in an engineering-related position or discipline
  • Education, coursework, or licensing in a relevant field

How to apply

Please visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG, and complete the required online faculty application for online requisition #104698. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing your application. As part of the online application process, please include the following three items: 1) a cover letter outlining your experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the qualifications for the position; 2) a current resume or CV; and 3) unofficial copies of graduate level transcripts (applicant selected will be required to submit sealed official transcripts of highest degree prior to appointment). For full consideration, please apply by the review begin date of April 2, 2018. Applications received after that date may be considered until an acceptable candidate is secured. For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Katherine O’Clair, at, 805-756-2690. Cal Poly is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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.

About Kennedy Library

Integrating traditional library resources and services with digital tools, the Robert E. Kennedy Library continuously adapts its services, programs, and spaces to meet the evolving academic programs, research interests, and needs of the university community. Providing access to information resources, classrooms, computer labs, an expansive 24-hour space, and an array of group and individual study spaces, Kennedy Library is a magnet for students and faculty alike. Annual visits exceed 1.5 million. Kennedy Library’s innovative peer-to-peer learning and reference program simultaneously leverages the benefits of student-to-student learning and Cal Poly’s signature pedagogical ethos of Learn by Doing. In 2014 the Kennedy Library received the prestigious ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award. The library partners with campus organizations to promote faculty development and student success, including several that are located in the library: the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology; the Academic Skills Center; and the Honors Program. In addition, the University Writing and Rhetoric Center has just found a new home in the library. In testimony to the perceived value of the Robert E. Kennedy Library across the entire campus, various stakeholders and the library are in the process of strategizing, planning and launching a fully funded renovation, which will increase the library’s ability to provide services and spaces to further support student and faculty success.

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About Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university and is part of the 23-campus California State University system. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California’s scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The emphasis of the University is a “learn by doing” educational experience for its students.

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About SLO

Cal Poly’s location in San Luis Obispo makes it one of the best places to visit. It’s a quintessential coastal California town with some 43,000 residents. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and just minutes from beaches, state parks, landmarks and premium wine regions, it’s also a popular vacation spot. Sunset Magazine has called it the most Californian place in all of California.

The city of San Luis Obispo offers a historic, restored downtown full of restaurants, theatres, art galleries and shops centered around San Luis Obispo Creek, Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission Plaza. San Luis Obispo’s Thursday night Farmer’s Market on Higuera Street has become a model for cities around the state. It’s a mix of fresh produce and flowers, baked goods, restaurant fare and free music all within strolling distance.

San Luis Obispo is just minutes from some of California’s best beaches and original beach cities: Avila Beach (10 miles), Pismo Beach (12 miles), Morro Bay (17 miles), Montaña de Oro State Park (18 miles), Cayucos (18 miles), the Pismo Dunes (28 miles) and world-famous Hearst Castle ( 45 miles).

For more information, please Visit San Luis Obispo County