First-Year Instruction and Outreach Librarian

Duties of the Position

The University Library is seeking a creative, dynamic and energetic individual to join our faculty. The First-Year Instruction and Outreach Librarian must be passionate about teaching freshmen, both inperson and online. The successful candidate will be inspired by user-centered library services and excited about outreach to student communities. As our science liaison, the person in this position must have a demonstrated interest in teaching students in the School of Science and Technology. We are looking for a team player with the ability to bring fresh ideas to the table as well as collaborate and build consensus. This position will provide a fun and challenging opportunity for the right person to explore a variety of directions for professional growth and development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversees and manages Library instruction for first-year students and teaches the majority of information literacy sessions for freshman composition classes as part of the SSU General Education program.
  • Collaborates with the Library Instruction Coordinator in the assessment of first-year information literacy goals as part of holistic Library Instruction program planning.
  • Collaborates with key partners in the English department, including the Coordinator of Freshman Composition, adjunct writing instructors, and TAs to plan curriculum and manage scheduling for first-year composition classes.
  • Coordinates the Library’s outreach and orientation events for students (leads our participation in events like Seawolf Decision Day, Love Your Library for EOP students, Parents’ Day, etc.).
  • Develops innovative programs to engage new student communities, e.g., freshmen cohorts, living/learning communities, and new transfer students.
  • Designs instructional content in a variety of formats and for multiple platforms including Moodle (LMS), LibGuides, and the Web.
  • Liaison to the School of Science and Technology: Responsible for instruction, outreach, and collection development for the School.
  • Participates in the Library marketing team.
  • Provides reference services and research help.
  • As an active member of the Library faculty, contributes to a shared decision-making environment and serves on campus and Library committees.


To be recommended for appointment, candidates must have:

  • MLS/MLIS/MIS degree or equivalent from an accredited academic institution.
  • Minimum 2 years professional experience in instruction and outreach in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated success teaching freshmen.
  • Experience coordinating events.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Experience designing instructional content in a variety of formats.
  • Experience with Learning Management systems, preferably Moodle.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to fulfill the scholarly and service expectations of a tenure-track position.
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community

Desired characteristics:

  • Academic background in the sciences or professional experience as a science librarian.
  • Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Experience using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as an outreach platform for academic libraries.
  • Experience with graphic design software, video creation and other multimedia tools.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Record of scholarly achievement.
  • Ability to flourish in a rapidly changing environment.

Rank and Salary

Senior Assistant Librarian ($57,084 - $72,132). Salaries are for a 12-month position and are competitive based on qualifications. Actual hiring salary within this range is dependent upon educational preparation and experience.

How to Apply

Please submit (in electronic format only):

  • Letter of Application
  • Complete and current Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information, including email addresses, for three references
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts are required at the time of hire)

Please email all application documents to

Application Deadline

Applications should be emailed to and received by Friday, October 18, 2013.

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:

  • Felicia Palsson, Chair, Search Committee
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: (707) 664-2951

Questions concerning your application materials may be directed to:


Full Position Announcement

Sonoma State is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.