STEM Librarian

San Jose
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Created: February 22, 2021


STEM Librarian

Department Summary

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San José State University (San Jose, CA) seeks a curious, innovative, and student-centered individual for the full-time, tenure-track position of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Librarian. This position is one of three that will be hired in 2021--STEM Librarian, iSchool Librarian, and Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian--providing a supportive cohort to the successful candidate. The Library is striving to increase the diversity of its faculty and encourages all members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Collaborating with a team of liaison librarians (including other STEM liaison librarians) and under the general guidance of the Faculty Director for Library Instruction and Assessment, the STEM Librarian will develop, deliver, and assess library instruction to STEM students; collaborate with STEM teaching faculty to determine collection needs and to implement information literacy initiatives; and enhance the library’s capacity to support the curricular and research needs of the university’s STEM departments, programs, faculty, staff, and students. As a faculty member, the librarian engages in library and university governance and scholarship, which includes research, scholarship, and creative activities required for tenure and promotion. This position is open to both entry level and senior level candidates, hiring at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.

The SJSU Library brings people, ideas, and information together through its spaces, resources, and expertise to facilitate community building, innovation, and knowledge creation. We strive to provide student-centered learning experiences that promote critical thinking skills and lifelong learning. The Library is committed to bringing anti-racism practices into library services.

This position is an excellent opportunity for librarians interested in launching a career at a teaching-centered institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has been ranked #1 in increasing student upward mobility, particularly among underrepresented, first-generation, and Pell-qualified students.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree or its equivalent by the time of hire
  • Coursework and/or experience with library resources relevant to the research, teaching, and learning of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Coursework and/or experience in delivering information literacy instruction
  • Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing agenda of scholarly research and professional development at appropriate levels
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population, as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, design, implement, and assess STEM-specific library services for diverse populations
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or equivalent training/work experience in STEM
  • Demonstrated currency or involvement in librarianship, particularly within the STEM fields
  • Experience with designing, promoting, and integrating library services and resources to support the research lifecycle in STEM disciplines (e.g., data management)


  • Initiating and fostering congenial and collaborative working relationships with students, teaching faculty and researchers in the assigned disciplinary areas to ensure ongoing dialogue about the evolving learning and research needs of the university’s STEM community
  • Supporting the research needs of faculty, researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students in STEM disciplines and collaborating with other STEM liaison librarians to improve library services to these areas
  • Support student learning across the various STEM disciplines by working with faculty to facilitate the effective use of curriculum-specific information resources and to embed information literacy into instruction
  • Engage in the selection and evaluation of resources that support the curricular and research needs of STEM students, faculty, and programs
  • Offer reference, consultative, and instructional services to undergraduate, graduate, and teaching faculty, and faculty researchers in the STEM disciplines in a variety of formats
  • Develop and share knowledge of scholarly communications related to the assigned disciplinary areas
  • Maintain familiarity with current and emerging approaches to scientific education and develop and maintain pedagogically appropriate instructional materials to support STEM student success
  • Assist with the development and implementation of assessment initiatives aimed at improving student learning, services, and collections in the STEM disciplines
  • Stay current and actively involved with developments in the library profession and particularly within the STEM disciplines
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams, library governance, professional development activities, and university service
  • Build a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the University requirement of retention, tenure, and promotion
  • Participate in shared governance, including department, college, university, and other committee service assignments
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials and teaching strategies

Compensation - This position is represented by the California Faculty Association (CFA) and covered by its contractSalary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. View additional faculty Benefits Summary.

Starting Date - Summer/Fall 2021

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

Application Procedure

  • For full consideration, submit the following documents by February 28, 2021:
  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching interests and philosophy that describe the role library instruction plays in supporting student success across a diverse population (1 page)
  • research interests/plan (1 page)
  • three references with contact information

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application. Potential candidates are invited to attend one of two informational webinars scheduled for February 4, 2021 from 1-2 pm PST and February 10, 2021 from 10-11 PST to learn more about the position, library, or University.
Anonymity will be ensured, as the attendee list will be hidden. Further inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Yen Tran at

Please note: Original transcripts of terminal degree will be required of applicants invited to the all-day, virtual interview. Three (3) letters of recommendation will be required for appointment. This position will remain open until filled.

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23- campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

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.

Advertised: January 31, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled


Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 21:45 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 21:45 UTC