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Open Position

Ethnic Studies Librarian

Full-time, Temporary, Non-Tenure Track

University Library

RANK: Assistant Librarian (non-tenure track)

SALARY: $4,824 monthly ($57,888 for the 12-month appointment)

STARTING DATE: After April 4, 2022 (12-month appointment from Date of Hire)


The Cal Poly Pomona University Library seeks a Temporary Ethnic Studies Librarian to join the Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Department. This is a full-time, temporary, non-tenure track position with a 12-month contract beginning after April 4, 2022; contract will run for 12-months from date of hire.

Based in the Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Department of the University Library, the Ethnic Studies Librarian will serve as the library's subject librarian for students, faculty, and staff in the Ethnic and Women's Studies (EWS) Department and will support interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies courses and initiatives. As the subject librarian, the incumbent will provide research consultations for the faculty and students in the department and offer both course-integrated instruction sessions as well as general library workshops focused on Ethnic Studies disciplinary resources and research. This librarian will also develop online learning resources, such as LibGuides and tutorials, as needed to support student learning and research in Ethnic Studies. The incumbent is responsible for direct outreach to the department and will participate in library outreach activities and will help to design and deliver public programming. In addition, the subject librarian facilitates communication between the University Library and EWS in support of student success and faculty productivity and will seek out potential collaborations with Ethnic Studies Centers.

The Ethnic Studies Librarian will be responsible for overseeing assessment of the library's services and resources that support the implementation of the statewide Ethnic Studies curricular requirement as outlined in Assembly Bill 1460 (AB 1460) at Cal Poly Pomona. Working collaboratively with EWS faculty and library faculty, the incumbent will coordinate the identification of potential resources to add to the library collection and facilitate the purchase of one-time materials and will oversee collection management projects for relevant subject areas.


  • Works with university and library faculty to develop and deliver library services and select library resources that support the curricular and research needs of Ethnic Studies and related disciplines or interdisciplinary areas.
  • Conducts an inventory and evaluation of the University Library's current resources in Ethnic Studies and related areas including databases, journals, books, and other materials.
  • Coordinates development of list of potential library resources for potential purchase and manages expenditure of one-time funds of $25,000 to acquire appropriate library resources.
  • Promotes and markets new acquisitions to academic faculty and students.
  • Responsible for preparing a comprehensive report of library services and resources that support the implementation of the statewide Ethnic Studies curricular requirement as outlined in Assembly Bill 1460 (AB 1460) at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Serves as the primary subject librarian for Ethnic and Women's Studies (EWS) Department and supports other academic departments with a primary focus on racialized groups, gender and/or LGBTQ+ studies. As a subject librarian, the incumbent engages in the following activities:
    • Promotes library services and collections to students, faculty, staff and university and general community.
    • Provides assistance and instruction in finding and evaluating information and in identifying and accessing appropriate library and scholarly resources to support academic endeavors.
    • Provides general and specialized disciplinary research and reference services in-person and virtually to students, faculty, staff, and members of the general community in the subject areas of Ethnic and Women's Studies and related disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas.
    • Develops and delivers instruction to students, faculty, and scholars including course-integrated instructional sessions and library-sponsored instructional programs in Ethnic and Women's Studies.
    • Works collaboratively with academic faculty to provide instruction in credit courses that meet the Ethnic Studies requirement. In collaboration with faculty, develops lesson plans and research assignments that focus on teaching critical thinking and information literacy competencies with a specific focus on how these competencies can be practiced in the disciplinary area of Ethnic Studies. Instructs library users to be critical thinkers by teaching them how to choose and develop research topics, formulate research questions, search for and evaluate information, and use information ethically.
    • Advises library users regarding the creation, sharing, and use of scholarly research by consulting on scholarly communication topics such as institutional repositories, open access models and options, copyright and author rights, data management and curation, and open educational resources.
    • Develops online research guides using LibGuides platform and/or digital learning objects (online tutorials, videos, etc.) as needed to enhance student learning and support research in Ethnic Studies.
    • Assess LibGuides and online tutorials created by other campuses in the CSU system as potential models. Prepares exhibits and displays to highlight library resources in disciplinary areas of Ethnic and Women's Studies.
  • Serves as the University Library's liaison with the six Student Cultural Centers (African American Student Center, Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education, Native American Student Center, Pride Center, Womxn's Resource Center), the Disability Resource Center, relevant student clubs and groups.


  • Master's degree in library or information science or equivalent from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Experience providing reference service and research consultations in-person and/or virtually.
  • Experience in OR ability to design and deliver library instruction and information literacy sessions and workshops.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and strong customer service orientation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with students from diverse backgrounds and experience in working in a diverse campus community.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Ethnic Studies or a related field (primarily in the four ethnic and racialized groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina and Latino Americans).
  • Familiarity with the concepts of Intersectionality, Social Justice and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Ability to collaborate across disciplines and support interdisciplinary initiatives.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks while meeting deadlines.


The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by March 2, 2022; application review will begin on March 7, 2022. Early response is encouraged. Completed application packages will be available for examination by all tenured and probationary librarians.

A completed application (to be submitted via email) will consist of:

  • Cover letter addressing the candidate's interest and background related to each of the qualifications listed above under required and preferred qualifications;
  • Current resume;
  • Contact information (including name, address, email, and phone number) for three current references; and
  • Completed Employment Form, found at: http://www.cpp.edu/~faculty-affairs/documents/acadapplication.pdf

Following initial screening, finalists will be asked to provide three letters of reference and official transcripts to the search committee chair.

Please address all inquiries, requests and application materials via email to:

Shonn Haren, Interim Head of Research & Instructional Services, at smharen@cpp.edu
Chair, Ethnic Studies Librarian Search Committee

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/. Questions regarding the policy may be sent to avpfa@cpp.edu


Centrally located on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, the University Library serves students, faculty, staff, and members of the general community. The University Library is a partner in student success and supports teaching, learning and research by scholars at all levels including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers from the general community. Library faculty and staff offer expert services to support student learning including general reference assistance and in-depth research consultations. Working in collaboration with teaching faculty, librarians design and deliver course-integrated instructional sessions that teach critical thinking and information and data literacy skills and help students develop strong research strategies and skills. Librarians design and deliver library-sponsored workshops on a variety of topics including library resources, disciplinary-specific and interdisciplinary research, and information literacy competencies that support curricular and co-curricular activities. Library staff provide services that include circulation of general and reserve collections and technology lending.

The Research & Instruction Services (RIS) Department is a key public services unit that includes 4 tenured and tenure-track library faculty, three temporary library faculty members, one staff member as well as student employees. RIS librarians serve as subject librarians to the academic departments and colleges and provides essential research and instructional services to the campus community.


Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 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. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 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 www.cpp.edu, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020. 58% 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 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.


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


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action 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.