The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is adopting the highly successful cluster-hire approach used by the Cal Poly colleges for our current recruitments. This is one element of a multifaceted strategy for intentional increase in expertise related to diversity and equity across the university, and part of a comprehensive effort to support inclusion. This approach has been chosen as an intervention because it will both enhance inclusive library service knowledge and practices among new hires and provide a supportive community for those invested in DEI-related work. It will be the library’s organizational responsibility to ensure that the cluster has opportunities to build community with other DEI-related cluster hires across the university and each other. Enhancing our existing processes for onboarding, mentoring, and balance of research and service will contribute substantially to the cluster’s experience and success.
Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range: $78,000 - $85,000 per year.
As part of the library’s 2023 cluster hire, and under the direction of, and reporting to the Executive Director of Collection Strategies, Access and Systems this newly created position leads and develops the strategy, planning and design of the library's digital platforms and public-facing digital interfaces, including the library website. Through the lens of equitable information access, this position gathers feedback and engages stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement of the library’s digital platforms that support teaching, learning, and scholarship. This is a highly collaborative role, working closely with colleagues on the design and delivery of digital interfaces. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Systems Librarian, Digital Archivist and Data & GIS Specialist to develop digital scholarship workshops and tutorials and will partner with college librarian liaisons to develop outreach plans to raise awareness of the library’s digital tools and platforms used to deliver information services and resources. The librarian in this position will proactively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the digital delivery of the library’s programs and services and apply best practices (including universal design) to design for diverse learning styles and ensure compliance with accessibility standards and requirements. And this position will perform active user experience research with end users to develop methodologies which evaluate and assess the library’s digital platforms and interfaces and recommend evidence-based design improvements.
MLS from an ALA accredited program or comparable experience with a relevant advanced degree
Three or more years of relevant experience
Demonstrated commitment to advancing the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, including a strong commitment to advancing the library’s role in supporting equitable learning and student success
Familiarity with approaches and trends used in library reference and instructional services
Knowledge of digital platforms used to deliver library programs, services, and information resources
Knowledge of learning management systems (e.g. Canvas)
Knowledge of online platforms used to preserve and disseminate research (e.g. BePress Digital Commons, Islandora), and online discovery and instructional platforms (e.g. Primo Discovery, LibGuides)
Familiarity with current approaches and trends in user experience and universal design for learning.
Familiarity with social media channels (e.g. Instagram)
Knowledge of, or experience with, HTML and CSS used in online library platforms and tools
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a collegial, team-based environment
Demonstrated outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities with a high level of initiative and flexibility
A strong service ethic and ability to collaborate effectively with end users
Capacity to engage in the research, scholarship, and creative activities required to achieve promotion and tenure
Capacity to engage in service activities required to achieve promotion and tenure
Experience working in an academic library
Experience managing website content
Experience designing digital platforms and tools to deliver programs and services in higher education or related industries
Familiarity with information security, and privacy and accessibility in digital library platforms
Knowledge of or experience with commonly used academic software solutions or databases used in data analysis and visualization (e.g. ESRI-GIS; SPSS; Minitab; Scalar, Tableau, StoryMap, etc.)
Experience using digital platforms for library instruction
Experience designing and conducting usability and other user experience studies
Knowledge of principles of instructional design
Knowledge of issues and trends in critical librarianship
Experience with design software (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite)
About Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Kennedy Library is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing campus-wide information resources and related services with an annual budget of $7+ million and approximately 50 staff. The library has five departments: Academic Services; Information Resources and Resource Sharing; Library Information Technology; Library Operations and Special Collections and Archives. Integrating traditional library resources and services with digital tools, the Robert E. Kennedy Library continuously adapts its services, programs, and spaces to meet the evolving academic programs, research interests, and needs of the university community. Providing access to information resources, classrooms, computer labs, an expansive 24-hour space, and an array of group and individual study spaces, Kennedy Library is a magnet for students and faculty alike. Annual visitors exceed 1.5 million.
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. With more than 18,000 undergraduates and approximately 1000 graduate students, Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in disco...very. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
For more information, see: https://afd.calpoly.edu/hr/job-opportunities/prospective