University Library


University Library

Special Collections & Archives Librarian- Senior Assistant Librarian (full-time, 12-month appointment)

Starting Date:

Spring, 2019

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned MLS/MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution is required at the time of application.
2) Evidence of a minimum two years’ experience working in a library or archival setting.
3) Demonstrated experience with archival best practices, standards and procedures for print and digital collections.
4) Demonstrated experience providing instruction or research consultation services to students, faculty, and other users.
5) Demonstrated experience actively engaging with a diverse group of donors and soliciting donations in a library setting.
6) Evidence of experience engaging in research, scholarly activity, professional development and service.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of experience installing or managing the installation of exhibits.
2) Demonstrated experience with copyright and intellectual property issues related to digital collections and archives.
3) Documented experience supervising staff.
4) Documented experience with cultivating donors and grant writing.


The California State University, Los Angeles University Library seeks an innovative, collaborative and user-centered librarian to provide leadership, oversight and strategic vision to shape the future of the University Library Special Collections and Archives at Cal State LA. This position will supervise three full-time staff members, interns, and volunteers and provide oversight of several student assistants. In consultation with library administration, the position will establish goals, objectives, and priorities for the unit.

The Special Collections & Archives Librarian will collaborate with librarians and teaching faculty to develop new pedagogical approaches for teaching with special collections and archives materials including assessing the usage and impact of special collections and archives services on student success. The successful candidate will initially direct a robust program of exhibits and events that highlight and promote Cal State LA’s special collections, archives and digital collections. In collaboration with the Dean of the Library, Library administrators and University Advancement, identifies collection development opportunities and participates in outreach to prospective donors and identifies sources of external funding. The successful candidate will build the collections to support the University’s curriculum and manage the organization and preservation of materials in all collections and formats.

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. To this end, 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.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University’s alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

The College:

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 has just been completed, providing 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:

Please submit the following to the Appointments Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications;
2) A curriculum vitae;
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students;
4) A list of three professional references;
5) A University Application for Employment Form

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 December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Please type “University Library Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the Appointments Committee Chair Scott Breivold at:

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.