University Library


Collection Strategies & Scholarly Communications Librarian  

Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian (full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment)

Starting Date:

Spring, 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

1) MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school;

2) Two or more years of professional experience in a research and/or academic library;

3) Knowledge of current issues and trends in collection strategies and collection management;

4) Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communications, open access publishing, copyright, intellectual property and/or fair use; 

5) Strong interpersonal  and communication skills;

6) Evidence of ability to engage in research, scholarly activity, professional development and service for promotion and tenure as a faculty member in Cal State LA, and;

7) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Demonstrated experience in preparing and delivering workshops, presentations, or classes on scholarly communications, copyright, author rights, open access and/or fair use in an academic setting;

2) Demonstrated understanding of the role of the library resources in supporting teaching, learning, research, and creative activities of the university;

3) Demonstrated experience with current digital collection architectures and platforms such as DSpace, CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, Hydra, Islandora and/or other repository tools;

4) Experience in budgeting, planning, assessment and evaluation of library collections, and;

5) Demonstrated analytical skills and experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to inform decision-making


The California State University, Los Angeles University Library seeks an innovative and self-motivated librarian for the position of Collection Strategies & Scholarly Communications Librarian. The librarian will provide leadership for the management, development and assessment of the library’s collections, including the planning and implementation of the library’s institutional repository.  The incumbent will bring a forward-thinking, innovative and strategic perspective in the library’s approach to collection development that is both learner-centered and responsive to the University’s curriculum. The librarian will lead and coordinate outreach efforts to raise awareness and educate the University on trends and issues in the areas of scholarly communication, open access, open education resources, copyright, and fair use. The librarian will exercise broad independent judgement under the general direction of the Associate Dean, and with guidance from the Dean.

Responsibilities include:

Collections Strategies:

  • Provide overall coordination for the library’s collection development program, including the development and administration of the library’s collection budget, the review and maintenance of library collections and the development of collection policies and procedures;
  • Collaborate with library personnel to facilitate the assessment, promotion and management of the library collections;
  • Evaluate and coordinate Cal State LA’s participation in resource sharing, collaborative collection development, shared print/media resources in consortial programs;
  • Serve as the administrator for the University Library’s institutional repository;
  • Coordinate the University Library’s gift materials program, which may include reviewing and processing donations of materials.


Scholarly Communications:

  • Collaborate with Liaison Librarians to develop and implement programs to increase awareness among faculty and students about scholarly communication issues, copyright, open access and open education resources;
  • Advise faculty and serve as library resource on copyright compliance issues related to e-reserves, fair use, and open access;
  • Consult with and advise Cal State LA faculty on publishing agreements and author’s right;
  • Monitor copyright and intellectual property trends and policy issues;
  • Collaborate with key library personnel and campus stakeholders to provide support for digital scholarship initiatives;
  • Be active professionally and contribute to the developments in the field, especially in groups such as SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).


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 the University’s commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


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 or Associate Librarian, depending on experience and qualifications.

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 28,000 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:

Applicants are required to submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a list of three professional references, and; 4) a university application for employment (Found Here).Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three current letters of recommendation, and; 2) official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


For full consideration, application materials must be received by August 22, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted until recommendations for an appointment is made.Submit the required application materials to:

Carlos Rodriguez, Dean, University Library
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, LN B135A
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300


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.