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University Library, Systems Librarian

Apply now Job no: 534099
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Library, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Systems Librarian

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Library Technology Services Unit

University Library

Rank: Senior Assistant Librarian

Salary Range: $79,000-$81,434 annually

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the University Library. Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn- by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see


Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022. 57% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology, and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below.

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:

  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

University Library

As an essential department within the Division of Academic Affairs, the University Library supports student learning and success and fosters faculty productivity by providing efficient access to resources, information, and data and offers a full suite of public services including research support, instructional services, and public programming for students, faculty, staff, and the general community in support of the University's instruction, research, and public service missions. The library serves as one of the key public spaces on campus for students to work, study, and collaborate. The library faculty and staff strive to create a welcoming, inclusive, and innovative learning environment that fosters exploration, discovery, research, and scholarship while offering students a variety of study spaces and technology to support their academic studies.

Library Technology Services Unit

Library Technology Services (LTS) is a key unit within the University Library and is responsible for supporting and enhancing key systems used by library employees, campus faculty, students, and designated campus affiliates. The LTS team (which currently consists of three staff members and student employees) works collaboratively to adapt library systems to the ever-changing technological environment, develop tools and experiences that are user-centered, lead ongoing development of the infrastructure, and maintain flexible and appropriate technologies, data, and workflows. The LTS unit includes one permanent library faculty, three full-time staff, and up to four part-time student assistants.

Along with Collections, Acquisitions, and Resource Discovery Services (CARDS), LTS oversees local administration of the Unified Library Management System (ULMS), Cal Poly Pomona’s institutional repository (Bronco ScholarWorks), the University Library website, the digital signage, and room reservation systems (among other local systems), while also acting as the official liaison between the library and campus IT.

Position Details

Reporting to the University Library Dean, the Systems Librarian provides primary support and oversight for library systems, information technology services, and digital initiatives for the University Library at Cal Poly Pomona. Working collaboratively with the Senior Director of Library Operations & Library Development, the Head of the Collections, Acquisitions, and Resource Discovery Services (CARDS) unit, and the Library Technology Services (LTS) staff team, the incumbent serves as the primary technology subject matter expert and ensures the effective discovery and delivery of library resources across multiple systems, platforms, and the internet to students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

The incumbent is responsible for the administration, configuration, and technical support of the library’s discovery platforms and related integrations, especially for all library resources discoverable through the unified library management system (UMLS). Through ongoing collaboration with colleagues throughout the University Library, on campus, and in the California State University System, the Systems Librarian is also responsible for the ongoing management of systems that support digitization, digital collection storage and presentation, and scholarly publishing, as well as additional web applications and sites maintained by the University Library. In collaboration with the Senior Director of Library Operations & Library Development, the Systems Librarian participates in planning and coordinating the work of LTS unit, collaborates with other library faculty and staff, and acts as the primary liaison with the Division of Information Technology and Institutional Planning (Campus IT).

These responsibilities address important aspects of the library’s central responsibility, which is to provide equitable access to recorded knowledge for the purpose of teaching and learning as related to the curriculum, to provide services that empower students to develop and strengthen their information literacy skills, and to build and nurture a collection that supports the curriculum. Librarians make use of emerging technologies to support their teaching, reference service, and collections activities, to improve access to materials, and to enhance their ability to offer services and resources regardless of the location of the user.


 The incumbent serves as the subject matter expert in systems and facilitates planning, implementing, and managing library information systems and technologies.

  • Serves as the systems administrator for a variety of services and platforms, including Ex Libris Alma and Primo VE, Rapido, ILLiad, PeopleSoft, EZProxy, Cascade, SpringShare, BroncoScholarworks, Preservica, and ArchivesSpace.
  • Serves as the chief advisor to the University Library Dean and library management team on library systems and information technology topics and issues, and provides technology updates and recommendations on the adoption of new and emerging technologies as appropriate.
  • Coordinates implementation and configuration of new hardware, software, and equipment, facilitating accessibility reviews, system demonstrations, systems and usability testing, and assessment of hardware, software, and network performance.
  • Organizes and implements training for library employees on new and existing library systems and technologies.
  • Develops, plans, and coordinates regular usability testing of the library website and systems to enhance the user experience.
  • Ensures accessibility compliance of all library resources in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and campus IT requirements.
  • Collaborates with members of LTS to oversee the campus institutional repository (Bronco ScholarWorks) including systems maintenance, development, ingestion, and overall usage.
  • Collaborates with the Division of Information Technology & Institutional Planning (Campus IT) in the communication, planning, technical troubleshooting, service coordination, and delivery of services to the university community, with close attention given to developing and ensuring formal contingency policies as well as disaster recovery plans for all library systems and data.
  • Serves on relevant IT-related campus committees and working groups related to library systems, information technology, campus, or system-wide technology governance.
  • Works collaboratively with the Special Collections and Archives unit to support the systems maintenance of the digital collections platform (Preservica) and ArchivesSpace.
  • May work collaboratively with the Student Innovation Idea Labs to support the ongoing development of the Maker Studio, a dedicated makerspace in the library.
  • Participates in the activities of the University Library such as the planning, development, and assessment of the Library's services, operations, programs, policies, and initiatives.

In consultation with their HEERA Manager and in keeping with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the incumbent may be asked to perform duties in addition to those listed below for other units based on operational/service needs, staffing levels, and the incumbent’s professional growth.

Minimum requirements include:

  • ALA-accredited Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) OR equivalent degree in field relevant to information technology (computer science, information management systems, etc.). Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
  • Experience in and or a demonstrated capacity to oversee library systems, technology, and software, including maintenance, assessment, and troubleshooting of an integrated library system, content management system, and/or discovery platform in an academic, research, or larger public library.
  • Evidence of excellent analytical, organizational, communication, project management, and proactive problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success”

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with ExLibris Alma/Primo VE or other integrated library systems that facilitate discovery and resource management.
  • Familiarity or experience with relevant programming languages, analytics tools, and other related library technology like Python, XML, SQL/MySQL, Alma Analytics, JavaScript, and/or HTML/CSS.
  • Willingness to become certified in Alma/Primo VE within first year of hire.
  • Familiarity or experience with user experience and graphic design principles.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications;
  • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).
  • Curriculum vitae.

Finalists for the position will:

  • be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview;
  • be required to provide three contacts for professional and/or supervisory references;
  • be required to give a presentation on a relevant topic related to the position.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than February 4, 2024. 

Please direct inquiries to Paul Hottinger; Search Committee Chair; at

Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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