Engineering Librarian

Bonderson Engineering Center

The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, seeks an enterprising, collaborative, user-focused professional to join us in a tenure-track faculty position as Engineering Librarian. We are looking for someone who embraces the learn-by-doing culture of our institution, who will provide dynamic, comprehensive, and meaningful support to the College of Engineering through innovation and collaboration, and who understands the important roles that data, information and communication play in the future of engineering practice and scholarship.

The College of Engineering is the largest of Cal Poly’s six colleges with eight academic departments and one academic program that together offer 13 Bachelor of Science degrees, 9 Masters of Science degrees, and 6 blended/joint bachelor and master’s degree programs. The college currently educates over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year and admission is extremely competitive. The college is recognized as one of the premier undergraduate engineering programs in the nation for its hands-on project- and design-based learning environment. For more information on the College of Engineering, see:

The Engineering Librarian will lead library outreach, instruction, and tailored research support focused on the unique needs of the students, faculty and staff of College of Engineering. The Engineering Librarian will build relationships with faculty, researchers, staff, and students in the college to facilitate access to information, to enhance course-integrated instruction in a variety of learning environments, and to build sustainable collections across media and platforms. The Engineering Librarian will facilitate connections between engineering and other library programs and services, specifically Data Services and Digital Scholarship Services, and participate in interdisciplinary, collaborative instruction and research support.

This position will be part of a team of librarians and staff who are committed to improving instructional effectiveness to advance student success. The applied research focus of our programs offers candidates the opportunity to extend their reach to the classroom as well as to projects and the lab. The successful candidate will be an effective teacher who uses creative pedagogical strategies, and can successfully support students in the classroom, virtually, and through extra-curricular activities.Candidates will have knowledge of collection development practices that support engineering curriculum and research. Candidates should be effective advocates for the library in the instructional and research programs of the college.

Candidates will demonstrate strategic and tactical capability, possess superior collaboration skills, organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate well across various audiences. Candidates will have a record of or the potential for successful scholarship activities. The successful candidate will have a record of being a highly collaborative self-starter.

This position is available at the Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian rank, with an anticipated hiring range of $61,000-70,000 plus a generous benefits package. Appointment rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For appointment at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank, three to five years of relevant library experience is required. For appointment at the Associate Librarian rank, six or more years of relevant academic library experience is required.

To apply, visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and complete a required online faculty application, applying to requisition #103469. 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. Next Review Begin Date: April 6, 2015 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.

LSS II - Resource Sharing and Collections Specialist

As a member of the community whether student, professor or staff member, you will learn, lead, teach, & do at Cal Poly. Our alumni carry the Learn by Doing philosophy with them in their careers & into their communities.

The Robert E. Kennedy Library is the 2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award winner. We are the first university library in California to receive the award since it was first given in 2000. We are the campus hub for information resources, integrating traditional library resources & technology to support the University’s evolving academic programs, research interests, & user needs.

Information Resources & Resource Sharing (IR&RS) comprises the collection development, acquisitions, electronic resource management, document delivery and resource sharing functions of the Library. This staff person will work in both public facing and technical operations in resource sharing operations.  Working with students, faculty and staff to fulfill their information resource is a rewarding part of this position.  Kennedy Library employs the latest resource sharing tools to supply materials to other libraries and to request materials from libraries.  Kennedy library is a member of the RAPID-ILL and Link+ networks as well as the largest international network of inter-library services administered by OCLC.

Primary activities of this position include handling borrowing and lending requests for library materials from patrons; retrieving and processing requests through various databases, joint resource sharing systems and cooperative efforts with other libraries; verifying eligibility of requests; verifying bibliographic information and conducting bibliographic searches related to requests; troubleshooting problem requests. This position will also contribute to the operations in collections management using the latest software to manage the print and electronic resources owned and licensed by the library.

Salary and Benefits

$3,101 – $5,111 per month, plus any negotiated salary increase. (Anticipated hiring range $3,101 – $3,411 per month)

Cal Poly is a major employer in the San Luis Obispo area, and encourages work-life balance and lifelong learning. A generous benefits package, valued at greater than 50% of staff salary, includes a retirement plan; medical, dental and vision plans; training opportunities; and eligibility each term for the employee or a dependent to waive certain tuition fees at any CSU. For additional benefits information, please visit our Benefit Summaries Page


To apply, visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG to complete the required online staff application and apply to requisition #103537.  Applicants will have the option of attaching a Cover Letter, Resume and three Letters of Recommendation via the online employment system. Applicants needing computer/internet access may contact Cal Poly Human Resources at: (805) 756-2236, for information on available resources.


LSS III- Lead Library Evening/ Night & Weekend Services Specialist

Access Services comprises the Circulation, Stacks Maintenance, and Course Reserves functions of the library. Under the general direction of the Manager of Access Services, the incumbent in this position is a member of the Access Services team and in coordination with Access Services staff, is responsible for providing lead oversight of the more complex and/or specialized technical and paraprofessional Library Access Services functions on weekday and weekend afternoon, evening, and night shifts during the academic year. Activities during shift include: staffing the circulation desk and/or maintaining circulation operations; supervising Access Services student assistants, opening and closing the building; monitoring public areas of the building, interacting with library patrons to maintain a positive and safe environment, and noting problem areas and communicating them to supervisors and University Police; checking library materials in and out using library systems; updating and maintaining the patron database; overseeing student shelving; assisting patrons in finding materials, and with questions related to circulation policies and procedures; and resolving patron problems.

This position will also provide support to the Access Services department during particularly busy times of the academic year; will provide backup to Access Services staff for planned and unplanned absences; and provide additional support as needed on special projects. This position will have a set and regular schedule during the academic year, but rotate to an alternate schedule during academic break periods due to library hours.

Work shifts available for the Lead Library Evening/Night & Weekend Specialist will vary, and may include working between the hours of 6pm-10pm, 10pm-2am or 9am-6pm (primarily weekends).
3 positions available.

To apply, visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG to complete the required online staff application and apply to requisition #103443.  Applicants will have the option of attaching a Cover Letter, Resume and three Letters of Recommendation via the online employment system. Applicants needing computer/internet access may contact Cal Poly Human Resources at: (805) 756-2236, for information on available resources.