Senior Assistant Librarian – Ethnic Studies Librarian

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: California State University, Los Angeles
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty – Education/Library Science

Tenure-Track Faculty Position University Library
Senior Assistant Librarian – Ethnic Studies Librarian
Starting Date:
June, 2023
Minimum Qualifications:
1) MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution is required at the time of application. 2) Experience providing library or information literacy instruction. 3) Experience providing research consultations or reference services in-person and/or virtually. 4) Demonstrated 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) College coursework or a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Ethnic Studies or a related field. 2) Demonstrated understanding of the information needs and methods of inquiry in Ethnic Studies and related interdisciplinary fields. 3) Familiarity or demonstrated experience with using inclusive pedagogies that engage students. 4) Experience with collection development, including familiarity with information resources relevant to Ethnic Studies. 5) Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to bring projects to a successful completion.
The Ethnic Studies Librarian serves as the library faculty liaison to the newly established—and second in the United States—College of Ethnic Studies which includes the departments of Asian and Asian American Studies; Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies; and Pan-African Studies, plus a forthcoming American Indian and Indigenous Studies department. Primary liaison responsibilities include providing research help and consultation, information literacy instruction, and establishing and maintaining effective communication and engagement with students, faculty, and staff in the College of Ethnic Studies. Primary professional responsibilities also include research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, and service to the University, profession, and community. The Ethnic Studies Librarian may also provide liaison duties to additional departments whose curriculum aligns with and/or supports the College of Ethnic Studies. This position provides an exceptional opportunity for a librarian working with the College of Ethnic Studies to support students and faculty in innovative ways that support the implementation of the CSU statewide Ethnic Studies requirement outlined in Assembly Bill 1460 (AB 1460). This would include working collaboratively with faculty in the College of Ethnic Studies and the library’s collection strategies committee to further develop existing collections in Ethnic Studies and relevant disciplines. 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.
Appointment and Salary: Appointment: This is a probationary, full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank. Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Librarians in the CSU system enjoy full faculty status and as such are eligible for campus service opportunities, sabbatical and other leaves, and additional benefits. Librarians are represented under Unit 3 of the California Faculty Association (CFA). Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans; generous paid leave (two days vacation credit for each qualifying month of service, one personal holiday per year, and one day of sick leave credit for each qualifying month of service); and membership in CALPERS, the largest retirement system in the country.  Library faculty must demonstrate professional competence, scholarly and/or creative achievement, and service to the University and community to meet university requirements for tenure and promotion.
The University:
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service. Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-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. The University 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. 
The University Library
As the academic heart of the university, the University Library’s mission is to advance intellectual discovery, stimulate creativity, inspire learning, and transform Cal State LA’s diverse communities by connecting people to knowledge, providing learner-centered spaces, and delivering innovative and responsive services. The University Library has undergone rapid transformation with innovative and responsive leadership, a growing team of passionate, collaborative, and forward-thinking library faculty and staff, and a deep commitment to improving student success and supporting faculty excellence. An ambitious architectural master plan was completed in 2019, providing an exciting and transformative vision for renewing the library’s physical spaces to accommodate the growing needs of Cal State LA’s students and faculty. As part of the master plan, a Center for Academic Success will be developed that will provide comprehensive and fully integrated peer-to-peer academic success services for students and a Center for Faculty Excellence that will bring together the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning, the Office of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities and the University Library to support and advance digital scholarship, information management and scholarly communication. Librarians at Cal State LA enjoy full faculty status and are eligible for campus professional development/funding opportunities, sabbatical leave, university-wide service, and other benefits. For additional information see
Required Documentation:
Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the Apply link listed below: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications. 2) a narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university. 3) a curriculum vitae.
Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 
Deadline: For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by January 17, 2023. Applications received after the deadline may be considered. To apply: please click the Apply Now icon on this page or visit Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Positions or    Please address all questions to the search committee chair, Tiffanie Ford-Baxter, at:
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. CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to Beginning January 1, 2022, campuses may not hire or reappoint an Employee to perform CSU-related work outside of California. Requests for exceptions are very limited based on CSU Policy and must have prior written approval from the University President. 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. 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 tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, 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, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX EMPLOYER 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.