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Librarian (Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position)
San Mateo County Community College District
Posting Number: 2014364F
Department: Library SKY (DEPT)
Location: Skyline College
Position Number: 2F0157
Percentage of Full Time: The work year is 175 days (10 months of service).
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 10
If other, please specify:
Salary Range: Depending on educational credentials, placement can range from $83,796 to $117,948 per year.
Position Type: Faculty Positions
Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, "success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals." The Districts "Students First" Strategic Plan is focused on "Student Success, Equity and Social Justice." We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences - emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.
The College and the District:
Skyline College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 16,000 students each academic year. Skyline College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Skyline Colleges Office of Planning, Research, Innovation, and Effectiveness (PRIE) website.
Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:
1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;
2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;
3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;
4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and
5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.
The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.
The College seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in the Library. The ideal candidate will share the College's commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.
The primary responsibility of this position is to provide focused support for the delivery of library instruction, services, and resources to diverse populations and Learning Communities at Skyline College. The Librarian also participates in other essential work areas including reference, information literacy instruction, and collection development. This position requires self-direction, flexibility, the ability to work well with others as part of a team, and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. This assignment may include evening and weekend hours.
Start date of this assignment: Fall 2024.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
- Collaborate with students, faculty, and staff involved with Learning Communities and other campus organizations such as Puente, UMOJA, CIPHER, student clubs, Middle College and Dual Enrollment Programs, International Students Program, Support Services, and Counseling to provide comprehensive library and information literacy support
- Design and facilitate unique library experiences for students that are embedded into Learning Community courses that support academic and career goals and connect with the social events offered by the Learning Communities
- Expand Library collection development of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIAA) materials and resources in collaboration with Learning Communities
- Provide personalized research instruction and reference that focuses on critical thinking
- Collaborate with the campus community to promote culturally responsive and antiracist pedagogies, incorporate critical information literacy, and expand outreach and community-building events
- Participate in curriculum development, learning outcomes development and assessments, grants relevant to programs, serve on college committees as necessary to maintain and improve the instructional programs and participate in appropriate professional development activities
- Develop, revise, teach, and assess information literacy in a variety of formats and modalities (e.g., credit-bearing courses, one-time information literacy instruction sessions, and workshops)
- Provide library instruction and reference services in-person and remotely using various communication tools
- Identify and implement new methods to improve textbook affordability at Skyline College such as open educational resources (OER) and zero textbook costs (ZTC) awareness, adoption, use, and assessment
- Identify and implement new methods, including emerging technologies, for increasing student, faculty, and staff awareness of library services and collections
- Maintain scheduled office and campus hours and participate in department/division meetings, college committees, and regional committees as appropriate
- Perform other duties as assigned and as required by contract and institutional needs
- Masters degree or above in library science, library and information science, OR the equivalent (see below)
- Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as these factors relate to the need for equity minded-practice both within and outside of the classroom
Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:
For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application indicating one of the following:
The applicant possesses a degree(s) with similar content to those listed for the relevant discipline. The name of the degree is close to that specified on the Disciplines List but the degree either has a different title or area of expertise or the coursework is slightly different.
Academic Background Equivalence
Related to disciplines in which a Masters Degree is not generally expected or available. The applicant must have completed at least 24 semester units of coursework in the academic field and must possess at least the equivalent level of achievement and the equivalent in breadth, depth of understanding, and rigor in each of the following:
i) a broad cultural education usually met by the general education requirements for any Bachelors or Associates Degree, and
ii) a detailed study of the discipline in breadth, depth, and rigor, usually met by course work required for the degree major.
Professional Achievement Equivalence
The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The screening committee will select for interview candidates from among those applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, give evidence of any or all of the following:
- Passion and enthusiasm for the role of libraries in the community college
- Ability to self-motivate, prioritize, and effectively multi-task in a dynamic and flexible environment
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including engaging presentation skills
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
- Experience developing, teaching, and assessing information literacy instruction and other library instruction for face-to-face or online courses
- Experience delivering reference and other instructional services in synchronous and asynchronous modalities
- Demonstrated experience in implementation and technical support of library electronic resources such as databases, integrated library systems, discovery layers, etc.
- Knowledge of open educational resources (OER) and other textbook affordability strategies and initiatives
- Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating library events and programs
- Experience supervising or coordinating the work of Classified Professionals or student employees
- Demonstrated ability to write grants, manage projects, and/or coordinate events
- Demonstrated ability to assume leadership roles, develop programs, and/or engage in participatory governance
- American Library Association (ALA) accredited Masters degree in Library Science or Library Information Science
- Experience with reference, instruction, and collection development for Baccalaureate (BA) degree programs
- Recent experience working with racially and other diverse students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and particular fields shape patterns of participation and outcomes
- Willingness to examine and remediate ones instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially and other diverse student groups
- Experience and skill with addressing inequity in the classroom and on campus
- Experience and expertise in culturally-responsive teaching
- Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within courses and classrooms
- Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.
Open Date: 02/08/2024
First Review Date: 03/14/2024
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position)
2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience
3. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (copies accepted)Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts may be submitted with the application; official copies will be required at the time of hire.
4. Your cover letter must include a discussion of the following questions:
- What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?
- What is the role of librarians in supporting teaching and learning to create more equitable learning experiences for all community college students?
- How is your instructional approach culturally responsive to the students you serve?
If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax (650) 574-6574
Web Page: https://smccd.edu/humanresources/
Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form
Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.
To apply, visit: https://jobs.smccd.edu/
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