Discovery and Systems Librarian/Senior Assistant Librarian

at California State University, San Bernardino (view profile)
Published August 9, 2022
Location 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 72,120
Hourly or Salary? Salary



California State University, San Bernardino’s libraries invite applications from forward-thinking, usability-focused, collaborative, librarians to implement, maintain, and assess library systems which enhance discovery and access of library materials and services at our San Bernardino and Palm Desert campus libraries.

The Discovery and Systems Librarian is a full-time, tenure-track position with the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian that reports to the dean of the libraries.

You have primary responsibility for configuring, developing, and sustaining Primo VE, the platform behind the library’s OneSearch discovery system, and additional third-party library systems such as Springshare products.

You assist the University Archivist with development and administration of open-source platforms such as ArchivesSpace and Omeka and with keeping these systems updated and fully operational.

In collaboration with campus ITS and the University Archivist, you oversee the infrastructure required to support library-based digitization and digital collection-building activities.

A constant focus on user experience (UX) drives your regular assessments of our existing technology-based resources, services, and Web presence, and informs improvements and planning (both short-term and strategic).

You monitor current technology trends and products in academic libraries, keeping an eye out for things that would advance and enrich our libraries’ resources and services and promote student success.

You regularly share recommendations derived from the duties described above with the library team for consideration, discussion, and planning (both short-term and strategic).

As the libraries’ liaison to ITS departments on both campuses, you represent the libraries’ needs and advocate for resources.  You consult with them on library technology and supporting systems’ configurations, and maintenance as needed.

You recruit, train, schedule, and supervise student assistants for library IT support and also those staffing our Innovation Lab, a maker space offering 3D scanning, printing, and more.

You participate in reference service, collection development, and liaison duties.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet retention, promotion, and tenure standards for tenure-track library faculty in three areas: (1) professional assignment; (2) research, scholarly, or creative contributions; and (3) university and/or community service.  The library provides support for and fosters intellectual endeavors.  Librarians are valued as faculty with their own varied research interests which may not be limited to library science.

Applicants selected for in-person interviews will be reimbursed for any travel expenses they incur.  Should the successful candidate need to relocate, moving expenses may be reimbursed.


Administer and oversee library systems and their infrastructures as needed.

Develop and maintain policies, procedures, and other types of documentation about library systems as needed.

Organize and deliver systems-related training as needed.

Devise and conduct regular UX assessments of library resources and services.  Collect data for evidence-based decision making. Work with relevant stakeholders on developing and implementing recommendations based on testing/evidence.

Oversee the daily functions of the Innovation Lab maker space.

Utilize a variety of resources to keep up with technological trends and products in academic libraries.

Chair the Library Information and Technology Council and the Library Web Committee.

Serve on technology committees at various levels from campus level to CSU system level and effectively communicate information between these entities.

Maintain excellent working relationships with IT departments at both campuses.

Participate in collection development in assigned disciplines and serves as liaison to faculty in those disciplines.

Provide reference service both in-person and virtual.

Engage in activities related to retention, promotion, and tenure.


  • Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Knowledge of, coursework in, and/or experience in back-end management of a library systems platform.
  • Knowledge of, coursework in, and/or experience in understanding of the objectives of library discovery systems.
  • Knowledge of, coursework in, and/or experience in best practices for designing, developing, and maintaining Web sites and other library-based Web platforms.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and communicate across the full spectrum of university constituents.
  • Capacity to thrive in a diverse campus community.
  • Potential to meet expectations for retention, promotion, and tenure.


  • Experience providing library system support, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, administering ExLibris’ Primo VE.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in administering library-based open-source platforms.
  • Understanding of digital asset management and digital preservation standards and best practices.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in conducting (UX) assessments.
  • Understanding of issues surrounding scholarly communication, open access, user experience, and interface accessibility across a diverse user population.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Experience in effectively coordinating with organizational IT to troubleshoot, resolve access, and other systems-related issues.
  • Previous supervisory experience, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of and/or coursework or experience in common Web scripting languages and platforms such as CSS and Drupal.
  • Knowledge of and/or coursework or experience in using maker space hardware and software.


The John M. Pfau Library is the main library for the San Bernardino campus. Because we’re a commuter campus, the library is usually buzzing with activity in the daytime, but quiet on evenings and weekends.  The Helene A. Hixon Information Resource Center is a one-room library at the Palm Desert Campus, about an hour and a half away from campus.  Currently we have 8 library faculty and 22 staff; 1 librarian and 1 staff member work full time at PDC.  The best thing about working here is the friendly and collegial group you would be joining.

CSU employees are unionized; separate unions advocate for the interests of faculty and staff.

To find out more about us, please see

For questions or concerns regarding the position, please contact:

Bonnie Petry

Recruitment Chair

(909) 537-5114



Submit a complete application which includes:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Cover letter.
  3. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).
  4. Reference list - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain confidential letters of recommendation if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process.  Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
  5. Diversity statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of completed applications will begin September 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  Only completed applications can be included in the review.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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.

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.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information: