Thursday, October 4, 2012

Digital Initiatives Librarian - Senior Assistant Librarian

California State University, Fresno is a learning-centered University. We believe learning thrives when a strong and active commitment to diversity is shared by all. This is because learning can only take place in a climate where differing points of view are welcome, and diversity of all kinds is valued by everyone.

  • Fresno State has been recognized by the Federal government as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
  • Fresno State has been recognized in the Community Engagement classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
  • Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience. Please refer to the Salary Schedule for more information ( /salary_charts/librarians.html)
  • This position is part of a University-wide Cohort that collaborates on research related to water issues in Central California.

Position Characteristics: The Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno seeks an innovative, versatile, and team-oriented librarian to join us in enhancing the library's growing digital assets and initiatives and supporting and collaborating with campus partners. The successful candidate will join a university-wide cohort of faculty that will develop and support teaching, research, and outreach initiatives that focus on water quality, technology, and management, including a new interdisciplinary Master's degree in water resource management. Working with library faculty, in close collaboration with the Water Cohort group, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will lead the design, creation, and maintenance of multiple library digital projects, most notably the Waterways Archive, a digital geo-portal which will eventually serve the entire campus and region. This position will include significant responsibilities collaborating with campus faculty to support scholarship, teaching and student success through information literacy instruction, research support, library digital initiatives, collection management, scholarly publishing and academic data curation. Responsibilities include: Participating in activities related to acquiring, organizing, and providing access to the Library's digital resources; Developing and implementing appropriate metadata strategies to enhance discovery, management, and presentation of digital collections; Coordinating and leading the continued development of the Library's institutional repository and other digital projects; Participating on teams comprised of library faculty and staff that actively reach out to and engage designated colleges and departments; Engaging in course-related information literacy instruction and integration of digital content into the curriculum and the campus learning management system.

Academic Preparation: One of the following: American Library Association accredited Master of Information Studies or Science, Master of Information, Master of Librarianship, Master of Library and Information Studies, or Master of Art/Master of Science in Library Science or Information Studies.

Teaching Or Other Experience: This position requires experience and knowledge required to perform the duties of a Digital Initiatives Librarian as described above; demonstrated experience with one or more web programming languages (e.g. PHP, Perl or Python), web markup languages (e.g. HTML, CSS, XML and XSLT), and analytics software; and knowledge of current models, practices, and tools used by academic libraries for the access and discovery of digital resources. Preference will be given to candidates with some or all of the following: experience working with content management systems; experience working with learning management systems; demonstrated experience with digital technologies, applying digital standards, employing appropriate metadata schema/markup standards and using controlled vocabularies; experience with library web applications such as link resolvers and modern discovery systems; familiarity with developing web interfaces using recommended best practices from the Americans with Disabilities Act; experience working with library OPAC systems; demonstrated interest in information literacy and teaching, especially in an academic library; a publishing record and record of involvement in professional activities; expertise or interest in water quality, technology, and management; knowledge of U.S. water history and policy, especially within the context of California history and the history of the San Joaquin Valley.

Other Requirements: This position may require the satisfactory completion of a background check. This may include, submitting fingerprints to the LiveScan Print Services, and evidence of degree(s) and/or certification(s) at or prior to the appointment. California State University, Fresno publishes an Annual Safety and Security/Fire Safety Report in October. This report is provided in compliance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, and California Education Code section 67380. The report includes three calendar years of select campus crime statistics and it includes security policies and procedures for the campus. Applicants, students, and employees can obtain a copy of this report from the web site: or by contacting the Campus Police Department.

Equal Employment Opportunity: California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

Application Instructions: Please go to to complete the online application and attach the following electronically: 1) Cover letter addressing the position requirements; 2) Curriculum vitae; 3) Contact information for three professional references; 4) Unofficial transcripts. Please note that finalists will be required to submit three current letters of reference and official transcripts. For questions, please contact: Tammy Lau, Search Committee Chair; Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno; 5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML34, Fresno, CA 93740-8014; Phone: (559) 278-2595; Email address:

Open Until Filled: To ensure the full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 10/26/2012. Searches automatically close on 4/1/2013 if not filled.

Note:  This is a 12-month appointment
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to inform you that we can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and authorization to accept employment.

General Information:
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines at the doctoral level. The current enrollment is approximately 20,000 students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, education, industry, business and government. The university was one of the first US Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its new Community Engagement Classification.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within easy driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, Lake Tahoe, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

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