Library Instruction Specialist/Senior Assistant Librarian

Library Instruction Specialist/Senior Assistant Librarian

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Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: San Bernardino – San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Librarian (Non-instructional Faculty)

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


We are seeking a qualified, service-oriented, innovative, and collaborative colleague to join us and fill this vital role.  The Library Instruction Specialist is a full-time, tenure-track position with the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian that reports to the library’s dean as do all CSUSB library faculty.

The successful candidate will be the point person for our already existing, full-featured instruction program, a foundation upon which you will build in collaboration with the team of librarians who provide instruction.

Monitor current trends in academic library instruction and information literacy and make recommendations to the team for moving our instruction program forward with refinements or new approaches to existing instruction services, as well as recommendations for devising, planning, and implementing new ones.

Primary responsibility for organizing and scheduling library instruction on our main campus.  Support library instruction at our satellite campus in Palm Desert as needed.

Participate in reference service, collection development, and liaison duties.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet retention, promotion, and tenure (RPT) standards for tenure-track library faculty in three areas: (1) professional assignment; (2) research, scholarly, or creative contributions; and, (3) university and/or community service.  The library provides support for and fosters intellectual endeavors.  Librarians are valued as faculty with their own varied research interests which may not be limited to library science.

Applicants selected for in-person interviews will be reimbursed for any travel expenses they incur.  Should the successful candidate need to relocate, moving expenses will be reimbursed.


Receives CSUSB faculty requests for various forms of library instruction and schedules them.  Assigns librarians to fulfill requests, taking care to spread the assignments equally among them.

Coordinates with the Office of Undergraduate Studies’ Student Mentoring Program to train students as Library Ambassadors, for our popular peer-to-peer library instruction group.  Library Ambassadors visit targeted first-year courses in the General Education program that have a critical information literacy learning outcome.  Schedules these students to fill faculty requests.

Serves as the library representative to the Teaching Academy and other campus entities related to instruction.

Stays up to date with current trends in library instruction and information literacy.

Monitors the physical condition of two classrooms in the library and the level of supplies.

Calls meetings to consult with colleagues on library instruction program issues, new initiatives, etc.

Promotes the library instruction program to the campus community.

Provides in-person reference service at the Research Assistance Desk and participates in online chat reference service.

Provides excellent library instruction via various in-person, online, synchronous, and asynchronous means.

Collects data and assesses the effectiveness of library instruction program components.

Participates in collection development in assigned disciplines and serves as liaison to faculty in those disciplines.

Engages in activities related to retention, promotion, and tenure (RPT).

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students across a wide range of disciplines.


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program.
  • Coursework, robust knowledge of, and/or experience in library instruction and information literacy.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching a diverse student population as well as working collegially with staff and faculty across a range of disciplines.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
  • Evidence of potential for a successful career in librarianship at an academic library that supports a diverse campus community.


  • Experience with instruction and reference services in a diverse academic setting.
  • Experience with innovative online instructional tools and techniques and a passion for exploring emerging technologies to improve teaching and learning.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, critical information literacy.
  • Familiarity with outcomes assessment in higher education.


The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on the potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The John M. Pfau Library is the main library for the San Bernardino campus. Because we are a commuter campus, the library is usually buzzing with activity in the daytime, but quiet on evenings and weekends.  The Helene A. Hixon Information Resource Center is a one-room library at the Palm Desert Campus, about an hour and a half away from campus.  Currently, we have 9 library faculty and 22 staff; 1 librarian and 1 staff member work full time at PDC.  The best thing about working here is the friendly and collegial group you would be joining.  CSU employees are unionized; separate unions advocate for the interest of faculty and staff.  To find out more about us, at or

For questions or concerns regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chair

Bonnie Petry

(909) 537-5114


Submit a complete application that includes:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Cover letter.
  3. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).
  4. Reference list – names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain confidential letters of recommendation if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process.  Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
  5. Diversity statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of completed applications will begin on January 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.  Only completed applications can be included in the review.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:


Advertised: 17 Nov 2021 Pacific Standard Time
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