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Health Sciences Librarian

Health Sciences Librarian
University Library

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Nov 02, 2022

The San Diego State University (SDSU) Library invites applications and nominations for a 12-month, tenure-track position to be appointed at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian, beginning in Summer 2023. The Health Sciences Librarian will provide research assistance, information literacy instruction, and support for library collections initiatives for academic programs in the College of Health and Human Services as part of the Research, Instruction, and Outreach team, as well as for research institutes and centers in these areas. The successful candidate will provide systematic review training and support for students and faculty and may support research data service needs in collaboration with others on a data services team. This position coordinates closely with other sciences librarians in the delivery of services across related disciplines. We seek a creative, collaborative, and forward-looking colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand partnerships across library departments and with colleagues across the university, encompassing campuses at SDSU Imperial Valley and SDSU Mission Valley, and the San Diego community, including the San Diego Health Information Partnership. More information about the SDSU Library is available at https://library.sdsu.edu/ and more information about partnership programs and opportunities is available at https://library.sdsu.edu/about-us/partners.

The SDSU Library supports, promotes, and extends the distinctive teaching, learning, scholarship, and community engagement initiatives of the university, especially as those are highlighted in the university strategic plan, “We Rise, We Defy: Transcending Borders, Transforming Lives.” Committed to service and student-centered innovation in librarianship, recent library initiatives include the establishment of the Digital Humanities Center, build IT makerspace, and partnerships around student success, including the establishment of the Latinx Resource Center. SDSU has made a strategic commitment to student success as part of California State University's Graduation Initiative 2025, and the University Library is also home to campus-wide initiatives such as The Writing Center, Math and Statistics Learning Center, and Supplemental Instruction.

SDSU is a large, public, diverse, urban university and a Hispanic-Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution located on Kumeyaay land with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university honors its residence on Kumeyaay land in its land acknowledgement and commitment to building a relationship with Indigenous peoples. The Library recently embarked on a new initiative to expand its Black Studies Collection and create a dedicated space for the collection. The SDSU Library has adopted a Diversity Plan (https://library.sdsu.edu/diversity/library-plan) to guide our efforts to realize an institutional commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. To meet the goals of this plan, we seek applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request. In addition to your application letter, please provide a 300-word Diversity Statement describing how you meet two or more of the following Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. A successful candidate will demonstrate how they:
  • Are engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education
  • Demonstrate knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education
  • Have experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  • Integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  • Extend knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  • Are committed to research that engages underrepresented communities
  • Shows expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  • Have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

    The SDSU Library Diversity Statement is available at https://library.sdsu.edu/about-us/sdsu-library-diversity-statement

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    The Health Sciences Librarian will:
  • Proactively seek partnerships with faculty and students in the College of Health and Human Services, as well as researchers in associated Centers and Institutes, as assigned;
  • Take a leadership role in implementing, and assessing collections and services in support of the relevant academic departments;
  • Initiate and conduct course-related and general information literacy instruction and develop content, including course guides, subject guides, and other instructional and outreach materials in the assigned areas;
  • Provide instruction in the use of tools that aid in health sciences research, such as PubMed, citation management software, systematic review tools, and data management tools;
  • Provide subject specific reference and research support for the health sciences;
  • Engage and participate in the ongoing assessment of student learning, library collections, and services;
  • Commit to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population is essential;
  • Participate in the shared governance of San Diego State University by serving on library, campus-wide, and California State University committees as needed; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    We emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleagues develop the preferred skills. We encourage you to communicate how your work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

    Required Qualifications
  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent;
  • Demonstrated experience in the health or life sciences, or health sciences librarianship;
  • Experience using health-related information resources, such as PubMed and CINAHL;
  • An understanding of the current research, information sources, and scholarly trends in the health sciences;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
  • Commitment to excellent public services and improving the library user experience;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to maintain harmonious, cooperative working relationships;
  • Demonstrated potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion based on library service, professional growth, and service to the University and community;
  • Competence and sensitivity in working at a university in which students, faculty, and staff are broadly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience as a library liaison in an academic, a public, or a special library to a health sciences group, including engaging in research consultations, collection development, and subject instruction;
  • Experience with information and data literacy instruction;
  • Experience providing research assistance to a diverse population and users of all levels;
  • Active involvement in professional development activities with a record of scholarly contributions and achievements in the profession;
  • Willingness to teach outside of assigned subject areas and explore new disciplinary approaches;
  • Knowledge of research data management, systematic reviews, and/or scholarly communication in the health sciences.

    This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position. Tenure is dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the library, University, and community. Anticipated salary range: $74,280 - $77,500. Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement package, and 24 vacation days per year. For more information, see https://bfa.sdsu.edu/hr/jobs/benefits

    Application Instructions
    To apply, visit https://apply.interfolio.com/116220

    Apply via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/116220. Candidates should submit application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement demonstrating commitment to diversity in library, museum, community, or cultural center service, and names and contact information of three (3) references. This position will remain open until filled. Review will begin immediately, with preference given to applications received by December 15, 2022. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

    SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California's Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation's Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See http://www.sdsu.edu for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

    As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

    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.

    SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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Position: Health Sciences Librarian
Organization: San Diego State University
Location: San Diego,  CA 
United States
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Date Posted: 11/14/2022
Status: This listing expires on: 1/13/2023
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San Diego,  CA 92182
United States
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