University Library


Collection Strategies Librarian

Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian (full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment)

Starting Date:

Summer, 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

1) MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school;
2) Two or more years of professional experience in a research and/or academic library;
3) Demonstrated knowledge of current issues and trends in collection strategies and collection management;
4) Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
5) Evidence of ability to engage in research, scholarly activity, professional development and service required for promotion and tenure as a faculty member in Cal State LA, and;
6) Ability to demonstrate a 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) Demonstrated understanding of the role of library resources in supporting teaching, learning, research, and creative activities of the university;
2) Demonstrated experience with current digital collection architectures and platforms and/or other repository tools;
3) Experience in budgeting, planning, assessment and evaluation of library collections, and;
4) Experience in data analysis and data driven decision-making;
5) Demonstrated knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communications, open access publishing, copyright, intellectual property and/or fair use. 


The California State University, Los Angeles University Library seeks a creative, collaborative and user-centered librarian to develop and implement strategies that guide the ways in which the library acquires, manages and provides access to library collections and resources that support and advance the research and curricular needs of the University. With a materials budget in excess of $1.5 million, the Collections Strategies Librarian will provide leadership for the management, development and assessment of the library’s collections, including the planning and implementation of the library’s institutional repository. The incumbent will bring a forward-thinking, innovative and strategic perspective in the library’s approach to collection development that is both learner-centered and responsive to the University’s curriculum. The librarian will exercise broad independent judgement under the general direction of the Associate Dean, and with guidance from the Dean.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, vision and strategic direction for the library’s collection development program, including the development and administration of the library’s collection budget, the review and maintenance of library collections and the development of collection policies and procedures;
  • Collaborate with the Electronic Resources Coordinator on electronic resources license and price negotiations, vendor relations and consortial relations within the CSU;
  • Support library personnel in the selection, discovery, marketing and management of the library’s collections and information tools and resources;
  • Compile usage data and utilize metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-driven collection development decisions and to implement practices and tools to increase the efficiency of collection management;
  • Evaluate and coordinate Cal State LA’s participation in resource sharing, collaborative collection development, shared print/media resources in consortial programs;
  • Serve as the administrator for the University Library’s institutional repository;
  • Collaborate with Liaison Librarians to develop and implement programs to increase awareness among faculty and students about scholarly communication issues, copyright, open access and open education resources;
  • Coordinate the University Library’s gift materials program, which may include reviewing and processing donations of materials;
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to articulate, enhance, revise and assess the vision for collections at the Cal State LA University Library.

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. 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 the University’s commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good. 


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian, depending on experience and qualifications.

The University:

Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-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. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. 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 civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

The Department:

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 is undergoing rapid transformation with new leadership, a recently completed strategic plan, 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 is scheduled to begin in early 2018 that will provide 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, an academic success center will be developed that will provide comprehensive and fully integrated peer-to-peer academic success services for students. 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:

Applicants are required to submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum qualifications and preferred qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a list of three professional references, and; 4) a university application for employment (found here). Finalists will be required to submit: official transcripts.

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


For full consideration, application materials must be received by March 11, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until recommendations for an appointment is made.

Submit the required application materials to:

Carlos Rodriguez
Dean, University Library
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, LN B135A
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300

Email submissions can be sent to:

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.

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.


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.