Health Sciences Librarian - San Jose State University in San Jose California

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San Jose State University

San Jose, California 95192

United States

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Detailed Job Description

San José State University

Specialization: Health Sciences Librarian
Job Opening ID (JOID): 23609
Rank:  Senior Assistant Librarian, Tenure-track

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library seeks an innovative and creative student-centered librarian to provide leadership in the area of Health Science Librarianship. The Health Sciences Librarian will collaborate with faculty, library staff, campus staff, and on the development of innovative services and support for instruction and research.

Required Qualifications:
▪ Master's degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent is required at time of appointment
▪ Experience and/or coursework in collection development, reference service/research consultation and information literacy/instruction
▪ Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing program of scholarly research and professional development at appropriate levels.
▪ Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, as gained through cross-cultural study, training, teaching or other comparable experiences, for the provision of user-centered services, systems and programs
▪ Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
▪ Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement innovative projects or services, including community outreach programs
▪ Experience and/or coursework incorporating current and emerging technologies into instructional and informational services

Preferred Qualifications:
▪ Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with public and academic librarians and staff, teaching faculty, and students in a rapidly changing information environment
▪ Knowledge of the research process and evolving models of scholarly communication, open access, e-science, institutional repositories, and other trends in information science.
▪ Undergraduate or graduate degree or equivalent training/work experience in the health sciences field, such as, but not limited to,  Biology, Nursing, Health Care Administration, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Science, Physical Therapy, or Speech Language Pathology
▪ Familiarity with disciplinary electronic databases such as PubMed, CINAHL, and ScienceDirect, and other major reference works

1. Serves as outreach liaison to faculty and students in assigned disciplines, remaining conversant with curricular and program changes.
2. Provides specialized reference and research consultation in assigned subject areas in addition to providing reference services to campus and community library users.
3. Provides reference, instruction, and collection development.  When necessary to ensure the library is appropriately staffed in order to satisfy all service needs, may require occasional weeknight or weekend hours.
4. Delivers information literacy instruction in the classroom, in online environments, and through faculty partnerships.
5. Ensures curriculum-aligned collection development, including selection, evaluation, and budget oversight for assigned subject areas.
6. Participates in library governance, professional development activities, and university service. This may also include serving on and representing the library on joint committees (San José Public Library and SJSU), campus committees, system-wide committees, and/or task forces.
7. Builds a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the University requirement of retention, tenure, and promotion.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: Negotiable, but July 2016 preferred.

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

Application Procedures: For full consideration, upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, three letters of recommendation, and a list of three professional references with contact information by April 1, 2016.

This position will remain open until filled.

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

Ruth E. Kifer, Dean, University Library, invites you to contact us with your questions at (408) 808-2080 or via email at Please visit our websites at and For information on faculty retention, tenure, and promotion, see the SJSU Academic Senate policies S15-7 & S15-8 at

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San José State University is recognized as an innovative shared facility combining a large academic library (with a collection of over one million items) and a major downtown public library. This facility uses a merged service model to support the lifelong learning needs of academic and public library users. The University Library’s strategic plan is to build a digital library which will “aggressively increase access, creation, and use of digital collections,” and “will creatively utilize innovative technologies to provide the University and the broader community with a 21st century library environment, both physical and digital.”

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are nearby. A member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The Library – and the University of which it is a part - is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

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San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are 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.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: At least 1 years
Level of Job: Other
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume