Collection Development Librarian
(Tenure-Track) Senior Assistant or Associate Librarian
Starting Fall 2017
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Sonoma State University is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Located in the Sonoma County wine country, 48 miles north of San Francisco, the University has an enrollment of approximately 9,000 students. As of spring 2014, the University had 595 faculty with 41% tenure-track.
The University is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended and International Education, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology. Degrees are offered in 46 majors at the bachelor's level and 15 at the master's level. Sonoma State University occupies 274 acres in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, in Northern California. Located at the foot of the Sonoma hills, the campus is just an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Pacific Ocean.
The University Library’s leading value is “We are passionate about student learning.” The library faculty actively seeks solutions to help users access, evaluate, and create content, and become informed, engaged, global citizens and lifelong learners. The Library is a respected leader in campus initiatives and service work, and is actively engaged with faculty in campus curricular efforts. SSU Librarians provide transformational leadership in realizing the Liberal Arts and Sciences mission of the University and supporting the University President’s priorities of student success, on-time graduation, and diversity.
The Library has 38 employees, including 8 FTE library faculty, and approximately 40 student employees. Our collection consists of more than 750,000 volumes (print and e-book) and about 40,000 journal titles. Opened in 2000, the University Library in the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center is a dynamic learning facility that features teaching labs, wireless access, varied study spaces, an information commons, a café, and an automated storage and retrieval system.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Library's website at library.sonoma.edu and the information for faculty available through Faculty Affairs at sonoma.edu/aa/fa/prospective/tenure-track.html.
DUTIES OF THE POSITION
The Collection Development Librarian provides leadership for developing and assessing the library’s collections in a collaborative team environment. This successful candidate will bring a forward-thinking perspective, keep an eye on new and emerging trends in collection development, and make recommendations to the library faculty. The collection development librarian will craft an innovative approach to the library’s collections that is both student-centered and responsive to University curriculum. S/he identifies new formats and practices, and brings an awareness of the changing nature of academic collections to shape policies and strategic collection planning. S/he undertakes quantitative and qualitative assessment to improve collections in support of the University’s priorities and uses this data for the development of and to document the value of library collections. This position actively participates in CSU-wide collections-related activities, including membership on committees and evaluation of system-wide proposals. S/he oversees pricing negotiations and interpretation of licenses and contracts for library resources. This position also serves as a liaison to designated departments on campus and provides specialized information literacy instruction and research help to those departments. All tenure-track librarians work as a team to advance the library’s information literacy curriculum and participate in the life of the Library and the University. May require working nights and weekends.
- Leads and coordinates the development and implementation of strategies and policies regarding collections with a collaborative team of subject librarians
- Allocates and manages the library materials budget
- Analyzes and reports on data regarding collection growth, usage, material costs, and expenditures to inform decisions, project budgetary needs, and develop collection strategies
- Works with vendors and consortia to identify products and negotiate licenses and packages for electronic resources and media
- Assesses the adequacy of library collections and services in conjunction with external reviews of academic programs and proposals of new programs, majors, minors, and certificates
- Manages collections-related projects, including identifying and managing staff resources
- Identifies and analyzes best practices and emerging trends regarding collections
- May serve as a work lead in one or more functional areas
- As a liaison, builds relationships with faculty in designated departments, learns about the teaching and research priorities of the department, identifies opportunities for the library to support those priorities, and keeps faculty up to date about library plans and initiatives
- Selects materials for designated departments and recommends specialized resources and programming in line with a discipline’s current and emerging priorities for teaching and research
- Provides information literacy instruction and specialized research help to those departments
- As a member of the library instruction team, works with other librarians to create a cohesive, progressive information literacy curriculum
To be recommended for appointment, the candidate must have:
- ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science
- Minimum two years’ experience in an academic library or equivalent experience in another type library
- Experience with or strong knowledge of the principles of collection development, acquisitions, or the equivalent
- Experience managing a budget
- Experience setting priorities and managing work effort for a functional area in an academic library or equivalent setting
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty on projects and/or information literacy instruction
- Strong analytical skills and experience with data analysis using a variety of tools and types of data
- Experience with Excel or other spreadsheet software
- Familiarity with collections-related data standards and tools such as COUNTER and SUSHI
- Demonstrated experience managing complex and overlapping projects
- Experience providing instruction or training in a relevant environment
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a constantly changing environment
- Ability to fulfill the scholarly and service expectations of a tenure-track position
- Ability to communicate with and relate to an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community
- Record of scholarly achievement
- Experience with vendor negotiations
- Experience providing work direction for others and leadership in a professional environment
- Familiarity with emerging modes of publishing and sharing scholarly communication, such as open access
- Familiarity with new data measures such as altmetrics
To be recommended for tenure, the candidate must demonstrate satisfactory performance in four areas: effectiveness as a librarian; scholarship, research, creative achievement, and professional development; service to the University; and public service and service to the community. Although tenure may be granted at any time, contract provisions specify that "the normal period of probation shall be a total of six (6) years of full-time probationary service and credited service, if any. Any deviation from the normal six (6) year probationary period shall be the decision of the President following his/her consideration of recommendations from the department or equivalent unit and appropriate administrator(s).”
RANK AND SALARY
This position may be hired at a Senior Assistant or an Associate Librarian position, depending on experience and qualifications.
The salary is approximately $67,980 for senior assistant librarian and approximately $80,542 for associate librarian.
HOW TO APPLY
Do not send materials to email@example.com. To apply for this position, go to www.sonoma.edu/jobs and select Job Opportunities. If you are not currently employed at Sonoma State University, select the External Applicants box. You will be redirected to a list of all available jobs at Sonoma State University. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not applied for a job at Sonoma State University previously you will be asked to Register Now in order to proceed. After submitting the application letter and curriculum vitae, please proceed to My Career Tools to attach the additional required documents. Your statement of research interests may be a statement of scholarship and/or creative activity if appropriate to your discipline. PDFs are the preferred format for all submissions. Once you have submitted all materials, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application letter
- Curriculum vitae
Additional Required Documents
- Contact information for 3 references
Letters of Recommendation will be requested from finalists only.
Official transcripts may be required at the time of hire.
Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
The deadline to apply to this position is by Monday, May 22, 2017.
Questions concerning this position may be directed to:
Rita Premo, Search Committee Chair
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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The university 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.
MANDATED REPORTING REQUIREMENT
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.
CAMPUS SAFETY REPORTS
Jeanne Clery Act – Annual Security Report
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The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. You can download a copy of this report by accessing the Police and Parking Services web site: Jeanne Clery Act - Annual Security Report, or receive a copy by contacting Police and Parking Services at (707) 664-2143.
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