Outreach and Instruction 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 Outreach and Instruction Librarian. We are looking for someone with synergistic passions for advancing the mission of the library, engaging directly with students, and collaborating with a variety of partners to create dynamic and effective outreach programming.

Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Academic Services, the Outreach and Instructional Librarian will develop strategies, partnerships and initiatives to enhance student knowledge of library research and information literacy skills in order to increase student success. This new position participates in the library-wide programming efforts, both instructional and co-curricular, to support the development of competencies and literacies that are the underpinning of a successful comprehensive polytechnic education. By participating in the library’s program of instructional outreach and services delivered in both physical and online learning environments, this position supports the library’s mission of promoting open and informed inquiry and fostering collaboration and innovation. By working closely with college librarians, Academic Services specialists, and the library’s communications group and student graphic designers, this position collaborates in the development of online learning modules, tutorials, and outreach collateral to broaden the reach of library instruction beyond the physical classroom.

Outreach activities for this position include, but are not limited to: responsibility for vision, implementation, and assessment of university-wide library outreach programs; coordinating university-wide library outreach efforts; promoting and stewarding a consistent outreach campaign across various media; acting as a liaison to other campus units and programs that support various student populations; coordinating and developing workshops and outreach events that support specialized library services and programs such as Open Educational Resources or Graduate Studies /Thesis Research Support.

Instructional activities for this position include, but are not limited to: participating in Kennedy Library’s robust instructional program by accepting teaching assignments, designing lessons, and teaching sessions; facilitating library workshops in the Foundational Experiences Program as a part of the team of librarians and peer learning assistants (LibRATs) led by the Foundational Experiences librarian; and participating both in person and via online chat in the provision of reference services to students, faculty, staff and the wider Cal Poly community.

The professional growth and scholarly development activities of this tenure-track position include, but are not limited to: research and publication; presentations; and active participation in professional programs and organizations. Service expectations for this tenure-track position include, but are not limited to: serving on library committees; representing the library on University, CSU system and other professional committees.

The successful candidate for this position will be creative and flexible, adept at working effectively both independently and collaboratively, and capable of building relationships with a variety of stakeholders. Passion for student success, organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate well across diverse audiences are essential. The successful candidate will also have a strong dedication to working with campus programs supporting underrepresented, first generation, transfer, military veteran and LGBTQ students.

Required qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA accredited program or comparable experience with relevant advanced degree;
  • Three or more years of relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, creativity, and the ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a collegial, team-based environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Familiarity with issues and trends in outreach, information literacy, and working with faculty and students;
  • Ability to articulate a genuine enthusiasm for advancing the library’s mission to support student success.

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in marketing and outreach;
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating services or programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing services or programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in classroom instruction and teaching;
  • Demonstrated experience in providing reference consultations services;
  • Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for working with diverse populations;
  • Demonstrated experience in collection development;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with various stakeholders to successfully forward initiatives;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Open Educational Resources.


How to apply

To apply, please visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG, complete a required online faculty application and apply to requisition #104617. Attach a cover letter, a current resume and copies of transcripts. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing your application. For full consideration, please apply by the review begin date of November 27, 2017. Applications received after that date may be considered until an acceptable candidate is secured. For additional information contact: the search committee chair, Brett Bodemer (805) 756-2203. Selected applicants will be required to submit sealed official transcripts of highest degree prior to appointment. EEO

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 visitors exceed 1.4 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. There is an active Student Library Advisory Council and 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.
For more information on the Library, please visit our website at: Lib.calpoly.edu

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.
For more information on Cal Poly, please visit our website at: http://www.calpoly.edu/



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.
You can find more information about San Luis Obispo here at: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/our-area