UL | Sen Assist Lib

University Library


Senior Assistant Librarian (full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment), User Experience and Outreach Librarian

Starting Date:

December 1, 2016

Minimum Qualifications:

MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school. Verifiable track record creating, planning and implementing new and innovative programs that engage targeted user groups. Understanding of design thinking and user experience principles, trends and initiatives. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing in English. Comfortable working alone as an independent self-starter or on teams both as a leader and contributor. Potential for scholarly publication and professional achievement. Demonstrated ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in an academic library.  Demonstrated teaching experience and familiarity with information literacy standards and outcomes as they reflect current library teaching practice.  Experience as a leader on long-term projects related to outreach and engagement that supported organizational goals. Experience with social media, marketing, assessment, outreach and conducting user experience and/or usability studies.


The California State University, Los Angeles, Library seeks an energetic, innovative and self-motivated librarian to: Lead the library-wide initiative to establish and maintain a proactive and responsive user-centered physical and online environment; Create innovative library programming to assure alignment between library and overall University mission and goals reflected in its strategic plan; Evaluate and assess all library services and programs and recommend changes to policies, services, etc. to ensure that user needs are being met;  Working with others, conduct usability and accessibility testing and design to improve the library’s web experience; Apply and implement user-centered design models and frameworks that enable a deep understanding of library user behaviors, needs, and preferences;  Stay abreast of innovative academic library customer service trends & practices, effective use of space, etc.; Coordinate library-wide initiatives to promote and increase awareness of library services and programs; Establish strategic partnerships internally (campus departments/programs serving targeted student groups) and externally (high schools, public libraries, community colleges, etc.) by identifying outreach opportunities, developing and implementing instructional activities and services, and assessing outcomes; Coordinate the library’s participation in campus and community events; Work with library faculty and staff colleagues to develop strategies for library programming and community engagement;  Assist with the development of library marketing strategies and publicity materials; Stay informed of funding opportunities available through government programs and private sources and seek grant-based funding to support library programs and initiatives; Serve as an instructor and possibly a selector to specific academic departments and programs and provide on-call reference and research assistance.  


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.

The University:

Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 27,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

For full consideration, applicants are requested to submit the following materials: 1) letter of interest, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) official transcript from the institution awarding your highest degree, and 5) a completed Cal State L.A. employment application form. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants are requested to submit the required materials listed above by September 1, 2016 to:


Carlos Rodriguez, Dean
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, LN B537A
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300



Note: 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.



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 continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.