First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian

at Occidental College (view profile)
Location Mary Norton Clapp Library, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, California
Date Posted October 28, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $60,000 p.a.
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Occidental is a highly selective and diverse liberal arts college located in the global metropolis of Los Angeles. Founded in 1887, it is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast. Occidental’s interdisciplinary focus encourages a hands-on approach to learning and includes one of the country’s best undergraduate research programs. Oxy’s 1,850 students from 45 states and 24 countries have compiled an impressive record of winning national awards. Our central location within the city ensures easy access to top research institutions, including Caltech, the Getty Research Institute, the Huntington Library, UCLA, and USC.

The Library advances the mission of the college by supporting teaching, learning, research, and other forms of intellectual engagement. We do this through extensive electronic, digital, and analog resources; welcoming physical and virtual facilities; innovative and inspiring programs and events; and excellent customer service. We empower students, faculty, and staff with critical information literacies, vital technology skills, and a positive user experience to further their academic success and sustain successful lifelong learning in an ever-changing world.

The Library is seeking an energetic and innovative First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian (FYESSL) to join our Teaching, Learning, and Research Support (TLRS) team as we develop, deliver, and support scholarly information resources and digital technologies. This position should appeal to entry-level and early career librarians. Reporting to the Director of TLRS, the FYESSL will focus on information literacy instruction (ILI) objectives, providing support for first year students, first generation students, international students, and transfer students. Working with colleagues and faculty members to coordinate learning outcomes, the librarian will deliver lower-division instruction sessions that introduce students to library resources and services and information literacy. The FYESSL will provide excellent public service through research consultations, workshops, tours, and orientations and collaborate closely with colleagues to develop new instructional materials and guides and revise and update existing material. The incumbent will participate in innovative projects relating to Open Access, Open Educational Resources, and print initiatives. The librarian will also engage in promotion and assessment of the instructional program and other related services.


  • Information Literacy Instruction and Consultation
  • Furthers the College’s and Library’s deep commitment to equity and justice by supporting inclusive pedagogy and providing equitable access to digital technologies and scholarly information resources
    • Coordinates Library programs and services that target and improve first-year student success, excellence, and retention
    • Develops, delivers, and assesses introductory workshops, instructional guides, tours, orientations, and promotional materials
    • Provides reference and consultation service in-person and electronically
    • Researches and implements best practices in ILI
    • Facilitates effective application of tools, methods, and materials of primary resource inquiry (e.g., visual imagery, documents, artifacts, sound files) to support undergraduate research
    • Advises students on research resources, methods, and scholarly practices
    • Collaborates directly with faculty teaching first year students to realize learning outcomes in relation to assignments
    • Tracks emerging trends in pedagogy and technology for academic libraries; experiments with new approaches to scholarly content creation and presentation
  • Promotion, Outreach, and Service
    • Represents the Library in discussions about first year student learning, especially in regard to underrepresented populations
    • Coordinates Library participation in campus tours and orientation activities
    • Serves as an expert on issues relating to first year students, first generation students, lower-division undergraduate retention, and student success
    • Oversees and participates in a range of closely related special projects



  • MLIS from an ALA accredited program or its equivalent in work experience, education, and training.
  • Experience with planning and delivering classes, presentations, and workshops to students in higher education. Close familiarity with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.
  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce and student body bring to a campus culture.
  • Strong support for the values of a residential liberal arts education and determination to strengthen the academic community by furthering teaching, learning, and research.
  • An exciting vision for the role of ILI in advancing student academic success and excellence.
  • Strong project management and presentation skills.
  • Excellent listening, spoken, and written communication skills. Ability to interact successfully with students, faculty, staff, other professional colleagues, and community partners.
  • Energetic, motivated, innovative, collaborative, and effective team member and colleague. Team player who displays flexibility for working within a constantly evolving organization where responsibilities are shared across divisions and between individuals.


  • Experience with the Ex Libris Alma/Primo Library Services Platform


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references (including a present or former supervisor) to explaining where you learned of this opportunity, why you are attracted to the job, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position.

The position will start as soon as possible. 

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is represented for purposes of collective bargaining by the SEIU.